Medal, Commemative China Expedition 1901.

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A French Commemorative China Expedition Medal ( Médaille commémorative de l'expédition de Chine) . The obverse features a left facing woman wearing a tropical pattern helmet and an oak wreath representing the French Republic." REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE " is marked near the edge. The engravers name is at the base. A hall mark and 'ARGENT' are stamped on the rim. The reverse features crossed canons, an anchor and a flag in front of a Chinese pagoda, " CHINE 1900 - 1901 " is marked on it. The medal is fitted with a fixed ornate suspension that features two dragons . The medal is attached to a green and yellow vertically striped ribbon.
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These medals were " instituted on 15 April 1902 and awarded to members of French military, as well as some French civilians, especially those in the Diplomatic Corps in Peking, who participated in the suppression of the Boxer Uprising as part of an eight nation alliance." See Australian War Memorial Museum http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM14779.  This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by the prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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