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1901 FRENCH CHINA BOXER REBELLION MEDAL WITH CLASP MEDALchinaboxReg Price:
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About this itemThis extremely rare original French medal was instituted on the 15th of April 1902 as military award to the French military who participated in the bloody suppression of the China Boxer Rebellion as part of the “eight nation alliance”
The medal is made from 92.5% Silver and has the engravers signature " Georges Lemaire " located at five o' clock. This extremely rare medal has the usual Monnaie of Paris cornucopia mint marks and the Silver stamp " ARGENT " and is also correctly hallmarked on back of the 1900 Chine 1901 Bar.
This medal measures 30mm. in diameter and shows the head of la Republique in tropical helmet. The reverse depicts crossed cannons, anchor and flag, all in front of a Chinese pagona, with the surrounding inscription " CHINE 1900-1901 ". The ornate suspension is modeled on two Chinese dragons.
HISTORY: In 1900 a violent rebellion swept northern China – the Boxer Rebellion. The Boxers were a secret society who sought to rid their country of the pernicious influence of the foreign powers who had gradually acquired a stranglehold on China. With the connivance of the Imperial Court they laid siege to the legation quarter of Peking. Trapped inside were an assortment of diplomats, civilians and a small number of troops. They were all Sir Claude Macdonald, the British Minister in Peking, had to defend against thousands of hostile Boxers and Imperial troops. It would now be a race against time. Troops from Eight Foreign Nations including from France and Germany held out just long enough for the gathering of a relief force to reach them. And just to think these 8 Nations fighting together in China, only 14 years later would be fighting against each other in WW1 1914-18.
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