1930, Germany (Weimar Republic). Silver "Battle of Sedan 60th Anniversary" Medal. AU+
Mint Year: 1930 Reference: Bennert 216. Condition: A nice XF-AU! Denomination: Medal - 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Sedan (struck in Germany, but hallmarked at the Vienna mint on the edge!) Material: Silver (.885) Weight: 22.73gm Diameter: 36mm
Obverse: Conjoined busts of Bismarck, Roon & Moltke left. Anniversary dates (1870-1930) below. Legend: VON BISMARCKS . VON ROON . VON MOLTKE / 1870-1930
Reverse: German eagle strangling French rooster. Legend: OMNIA PRO GLORIA PATRIAE . IN MEMORIAM SEDAN II.IX.MDCCCLXX .
The Battle of Sedan was fought during the Franco–Prussian War from 1 to 2 September 1870. It resulted in the capture of Emperor Napoleon III and large numbers of his troops and for all intents and purposes decided the war in favour of Prussia and its allies, though fighting continued under a new French government.
The 120,000 strong French Army of Châlons, commanded by Marshal Patrice de MacMahon and accompanied by Napoleon III, was attempting to lift the Siege of Metz, only to be caught by the Prussian Meuse Army and defeated at the Battle of Beaumont. The Meuse Army and the Prussian Third Army, commanded by Field-Marshal Helmuth von Moltke and accompanied by Prussian King Wilhelm I and Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, cornered MacMahon's army at Sedan in a massive encirclement battle. Marshal MacMahon was wounded during the attacks and command passed to General Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot, until it was taken over by General Emmanuel Félix de Wimpffen.
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