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eMedals-Annam, French Protectorate. A Flying Dragon Medal (Long Phi Tien), Newer Style, Gold Grade,

Item: EU15230

Annam, French Protectorate. A Flying Dragon Medal (Long Phi Tien), Newer Style, Gold Grade,

Sale Date: July 2, 2018 Hammer Price

$302

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Annam, French Protectorate. A Flying Dragon Medal (Long Phi Tien), Newer Style, Gold Grade,

Long Phi Tien.  Medium Size of 5 Tiens, c. 1916-1925Of French manufacture, in silver gilt, weighing 14.2 grams inclusive of its bead, cords and dual tassels, French-made as it is hallmarked with a boar's head and marked with an obscured maker's mark on the edge, cypher of Emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Khải_Định on the reverse, measuring 35.8 mm in diameter, holes drilled at the top and bottom, the medal itself suspended upside down with a brown cord tied in place via the one hole, a large black bead with the cord fed through it and tied in an elaborate knot where it exits the cord, a green cord tied in place to the knot, forking in two directions and incorporates two fabric tassels, one in light brown, the other in violet, the head of each tassel designed with a wooden support, extremely fine.


Footnote: After Emperor Đồng Khánh's era came the eras of Emperor Thanh Thai and Emperor Duy Tan, both of whom were exiled by the French for their resistance to the colonial regime. After this trouble, the French decided to enthrone Bửu Đảo as he was the son of the monarch who was the most submissive Nguyễn collaborator with the colonial regime, standing with the French colonizers and opposing any independence movements, Emperor Dong Khanh. Nguyễn Phúc Bửu Đảo became the nominal ruler of Annam on May 18, 1916, after the exile of Duy Tân (Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San) and took the name Khải Định for his reign, meaning "auger of peace and stability."

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