St. Helena Medal.
Médaille de Ste. Hélène.
Created in 1857 by Napoleon III for issue to
surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte's "Grande Armee"1 who had served between 1792 and
1815. It is Believed that 405,000 were issued. Obverse shows
the bust of Emperor Napoleon I. Reverse inscription reads: "Campagnes
de 1792 a 1815. A Ses Compagnons de Gloire sa Derniere Pensee Ste.
Helene 5 Mai 1821" The designer was Albert-Désiré Barre, and his mark
(an anchor) is below the bust. The medal has a height of 50mm excluding the ring, and
is made from bronze . Ribbon 37mm wide, green with five red stripes
and edges2. The medal was nicknamed "the chocolate medal"
because of its colour3.
1. The medal awarded to the British enemy forces is
2. The ribbon is very similar to that of the WW1 Croix de Guerre,
which is often used as a substitute.
3. The original applied patina is desirable and this medal should never be