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France: Grand Sanhedrin medal (restrike, 1880-1950), 1806; in bronze; obverse design by DePaulis, reverse by Dupres; size: 41.5mm, weight: 36.75g. Obv.: 'mature' Napoleon in unifor
Item code: 0130968

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France: Grand Sanhedrin medal (restrike, 1880-1950), 1806; in bronze; obverse design by DePaulis, reverse by Dupres; size: 41.5mm, weight: 36.75g. Obv.: 'mature' Napoleon in uniform facing right w/Fr. leg. "Napoleon Emp. et Roi." ("Napoleon Emperor and King"); DuPaulis's & mint director Denon's names below. Rev.: Moses bowing before robed Napoleon who is bearing the Ten Commandments & leg. "Grand Sanhedrin XXX. Mai MDCCCVI". Medallic strike; "bronze" & cornucopia on rim. Commemorates Napoleon's convening of "Sanhedrin" council, the first in 1500+ years, and reaching agreement whereby Jews fighting in the French armies would be relieved of their Kosher restrictions in exchange for religious freedom and state protection in the French empire, enabling him to draft Jews into his armies. In UNC; JM-40/127, GJPM-16, Millingen p.46/plate XXXVI.