Bourbon Medal of the "Campaign of Sicily" 1849.
In March 1849, King Ferdinand II of Bourbon decided to reconquer Sicily, which in 1848 had become independent as the " Kingdom of Sicily ". The medal was established on 19 May 1849 as a decoration/honour for the soldiers who had participated in the campaign.
It was cast in bronze, silver-plated bronze and perhaps also in silver: there are still some in bronze, now rare.
It is the work of Luigi Arnaud, famous painter, lithographer and medallist who worked at the royal court and was a very skilled engraver of the Mint of Naples.
On one side it depicts the head of King Ferdinand II inside a crown of laurel and oak branches, symbol of loyalty, surmounted by the Bourbon lily and mounted on two crossed flags: on the edge of the king's neck you can see the initials of the engraver, L.A.
On the other side is the following inscription on four lines: “Campagna di Sicilia 1849”.
Dimensions: 40 x 27, approx. weight 19 g. THE RIBBON IS NOT ORIGINAL.
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- 40×27×0 mm
- Comes with certificate of authenticity