Regarding the 1870 French Anti-Napoleon III satirical issues, Paul Bosco writes:
With the loss of a war to Prussia, Napoleon III's political fortunes were overturned faster than you could say "Chris Christie." Circulating coins, all of which bore his portrait, were satirically re-engraved in great numbers. After a time, pieces were struck, imitating the engraved ones.
The authors van Peteghem and Brichaut published a catalog, I think in 1872, of all the French medals and tokens related to the disastrous war. The authors, from Belgium, were the manufacturers and marketers of many of the pieces.
Michel Prieur kindly forwarded a link to some 125 examples from his cgb.fr web site. Thanks!
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