Auction No. 087

Old books, manuscripts, Judaica items, numismatics, coins

February 25, 2015
Opening $ 120
3 identical medals (restored) issued in honor of the Sanhedrin that Napoleon convened in 1806. France, 1950. 41 mm. diameter. Texts in French. One side features a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte with the caption: Napoleon, emperor and king. The reverse features a representative from the Sanhedrin, bowing before the emperor while holding a Decalogue in his hands. With the text 'Grand Sanhedrin' and the date 1806 in Roman numerals. Napoleon tried to reinstate the Great Sanhedrin. Jewish representatives from Italy, Germany and France participated. Its decisions were validated as halachic rulings. However, Napoleon's plans did not come into fruition, because the rabbis strongly opposed the idea. XF.
Jewish Coins & Medals