Cisalpine Republic, French Puppet State 1800-1802
KM-C2, PCGS-graded MS-64
Superbly engraved and richly toned. Rare, especially so choice.
The Cisalpine Republic in northern Italy was allied with France from 1797 until 1802 and was organized by Napoleon Bonaparte; its capital was Milan. Dissolved in 1799, it was briefly controlled by Russians and Austrians but restored by Napoleon in 1800 after the Battle of Marengo. In January 1802 its name was changed to the Italian Republic, of which Napoleon had himself elected its president. Italians waited for the French to leave.