Mexico Expedition Medal 1862 - 1863
de l'expédition du Mexique. 1862 - 1863
Instituted 29th August 1863, and awarded to members of
the French expedition to Mexico.
Official Version: 30mm diameter, silver. Obverse bust of
Napoleon III, and signed BARRE. Reverse inscription: "Expedition du
Mexique 1862-1863" surrounding the battle honours "Cumbres,
Cerro-Borrego, Puebla, Mexico." with the anchor mint mark under. The
spectacular ribbon depicts a St Andrew style cross in red an green
with the Mexican eagle superimposed, grasping a green snake. (note:
this motif is embroidered on both sides of the ribbon. )
Another five versions of this medal exist; signed (1)"SACRISTAIN" (2) "EF"
(Farochon) (3)"E.FALOT" (4) unsigned version. A fifth striking was
produced in 1963 as a commemorative of the famous foreign legion
action at Camerone (Hacienda Camarón 30th April 1863). 300 of these
produced on a thicker flan in silver plated bronze.
Camerone was the action which demonstrated to the world the fighting
prowess of the French Foreign Legion, - 65 officers and men, led by
Captain Danjou put up a ferocious defence during repeated attacks by
3 battalions of Mexican Infantry. Fighting almost to the last man,
the Mexican commander summed them up: "these are not men, they are