This countermark is a satirization of the defeat of the French army by the Prussians at Sedan, a crucial battle in the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War that became a rallying cry for the French anti-monarchists. Napeoleon III gave the order to hoist a white flag at Sedan, formally surrendered to the Prussians the next day, and was sent into exile in Germany. The battle was commemorated by many countermarks, engraved coins and satirical tokens.
|Government||Second Empire (Napoleon III as Emperor)|
|Coinage Type||Decimal Coinage|
|Weight||10 g 0.2893 oz ASW|
|Description Obverse||Laureate head left|
|Description Reverse||Crowned and mantled arms divide denomination|