1059614 | FRANCE. Napoléon Bonaparte.
(First Consul of the French Republic, 1799–1804). AN VII (1799) AR Medal. PCGS MS62.
By Galle (Eng.) and Denon (Dir.). CONQUETE DE | LA HAUTE EGYPTE. Pharaoh's head, left. GALLE F. below truncation of neck, date in Roman numerals below /
Crocodile, left chained to a palm tree. GALLE on ground under tail, DENON DIREXIT. below. Lecompte 10 Egypte; Hennin 896; Julius 694.
Struck to commemorate the conquest of Upper Egypt.
Please use this link to verify the PCGS certification number 81245326 The French Campaign in Egypt and Syria (1798–1801) was an initiation by Napoleon to protect French trade interests, undermine Britain's access to India, and establish scientific enterprise in the region, the latter giving rise to modern Egyptology.
Despite many victories, Napoleon and his Armée d'Orient were eventually forced to withdraw by the British army, owing to political conflict in Europe and the defeat of the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile by Horatio Nelson, who managed to capture or destroy all but two French vessels.