Napoleon III Coin
This five franc coin, dated1868, was discovered by a dog walker in 2003. He was walking his dog in Bakers Park and at a bend in the River Lemon he noticed something shining in the shingle of the river bed, he bent down to pick it up and to his surprise pulled out a large French coin in perfect condition!
He kindly donated the coin to the museum for the collection-unfortunately we shall never know how it got there!
The coin is signed by Barre who was the Chief Engraver of the Paris Mint, he was an engraver and medallist, he also produced the engravings for French stamps. Albert Desire Barre inherited his position as Chief Engraver at his father’s death in 1855.
Napoleon III was the nephew and heir of Napoleon 1, son of Hortense Bonaparte. Napoleon was exiled and lived in England, during this time he visited Exeter and Bath and went on holiday to Torquay where he stayed at the Imperial hotel. It must have been during this time that he was seen at Newton Abbot Station. Napoleon died in 1873. He held the distinction of being the first elected President and the last Monarch of France.