18th through the early 20th centuries, France extended its Colonial empire
over a large portion of the world. With major colonial holdings in Africa,
India, Indochina and the South Pacific, French influence spread rapidly
throughout the world. As Frances far- reaching holdings began to shrink
an undeniable influence remained behind in the medals of the former colonies
and other outposts. In many cases these were finely made pieces, which emanated
from the major houses of Paris. This influence continues to this very day.
We have captured here many examples of this influence as documented throughout
the once mighty empire. To view each individual country, just click on the
left hand menu.