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Lot 706

German States -- Westphalia. 10 Taler, 1812-B. Fr-3513; Schl.-883. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, 1807-1813. Laureate bust left. Reverse: Value. Faintly toned with reddish hues, a lovely specimen. NGC graded MS-63.

Jerome, the younger brother, was one of the interesting "black sheep" of the Napoleon clan. He began his military career in the navy, and while laying over in America he met and fell in love with and wed an American heiress, Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore. Napoleon was furious at their marriage and relations between the two brothers soured for some time. In 1806, when made a vice-admiral, Jerome repaired his relationship with Napoleon and joined him as a divisional commander of the Bavarian forces of the Grande Armee. In 1807, he was made King of Westphalia and, after divorcing his American wife, married a Wurttemburg princess. The first marriage produced a child, also named Jerome Napoleon.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.

Realized $4,830

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