France: Societe du Prince Imperial

France: Societe du Prince ImperialFrance: Societe du Prince Imperial
Form: Circular
By: Jules-Constant Peyre & René Stern
Date: 1862
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0484;
27.4 mmCopper-Bronze7.4 gm$25

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Bare head of the young Prince Imperial, left. Signed: "J.PEYRE" below the truncation and: "STERN.F" at the foot.

Reverse: Across: "S.M. / L'IMPÉRATRICE / FONDATRICE / PRÉSIDENTE /(line) / PRÊTS / DE L'ENFANCE / AU TRAVAIL / (line)". Legend above: "SOCIETE DU PRINCE IMPERIAL" and below: "15 7BRE. 1862".

Notes: The Society of the Prince Imperial was a French charitable organization founded by imperial decree on 15 September 1862 by Empress Eugenie under the patronage of her son, the Prince Imperial. The concept was to use children as fund raisers and to employ the accumulated capital to make small loans to needy artisans.

Napoléon, Prince Imperial (1856-1879) was the only child of Emperor Napoleon III of France. His godmother was Queen Victoria.

His father was dethroned in 1870 and the Prince move to England with his family. He was proclaimed Napoleon IV in exile on the death of his father in 1873.

He was killed during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.