Algeria, Abd el Kader, Arab resistance leader, bronze medal 1845 by A Bovy
Obv: bust left
Rev: CET HOMME CELEBRE EST NÉ VERS 1806, PRES DE MASCARA. PROCLAMÉ ÉMIR APRES 1830 IL PRECHE LA GUERRE SAINTE CONTRE LES FRANÇAIS. 1833 TRAITÉ QUI LE CONSTITUE SOUVERAIN DE LA PROVINCE D’ORAN . 1834 REPRISE DE LA GUERRE SAINTE. VICTOIRE QU’IL REMPORTE A LA MACTA. 1836 IL EST BATTU A LA SICKAK. TRAITÉ DE LA TAFNA. 1839 NOUVELLE RUPTURE SANS DÉCLARATION. 1842 IL PERD SA SMALAH. 1843 APRES LE COMBAT D’OUED-MALAH IL FUIT DANS LE MAROC DONT IL SOULEVE LES POPULATIONS CONTRE LA FRANCE. 1845 IL REPORTE LA GUERRE DANS L’ALGÉRIE in 18 lines
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 57mm
References: Escande 24
Notes: Abdel Kader waged guerilla war against the French in Algeria, for 15 years following the French invasion of 1830. In 1847 he surrendered, leading to exile in France and then in the Middle East, dying at Damascus in 1883. He was buried there, but his remains were reburied in Algeria in 1970, where he is considered a national hero.