Algeria, French Algeria, the Defence of Mazagran 1840, bronze-gilt medal by Caqué, rare
Obv: Victory standing on a plinth holding laurel wreaths in each hand, dedication legend around
Rev: legend naming the defenders of Mazagran
Condition: Extremely fine; Diameter: 51mm
Reference: Escande 14 (unlisted in gilt)
Notes: The fort at Mazagran was defended by 126 French and French colonial troops against a Berber and Arab force under the command of Abd el-Kadir. The defence took place over four days in February 1840. Estimates regarding the strength of the attacking force vary enormously: this medal claims 12,000, other estimates have said just five or six hundred. Every member of the defence force was given one of these medals. Gilt examples are unrecorded. Think of Beau Geste and Rorke’s Drift.
Provenance: the old A H Baldwin & Sons ‘basement’.