World Medals from the Collection of the Revd. John Watson

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Date of Auction: 11th June 2014

Sold for £60

Estimate: £80 - £100

FRANCE, Statue to General Louis Hoche Erected, Versailles, 1832, a copper medal, unsigned, bust left, rev. weissembourg quiberon pacon de la vendée côte d’irlande, etc, within wreath, 50mm. Good very fine £80-100


A French medal of considerable Irish interest. Louis Lazare Hoche (1768-97) commanded the French fleet of 43 ships which sailed from Brest in 1797 to assist the cause of the United Irishmen under Wolfe Tone. The fleet was dispersed during a storm and only sixteen reached the Irish coast, these returning to France after Hoche failed to appear at the appointed rendezvous