Bust, left; signed below truncation / C. DE PERSIGNY, MINISTRE DE L'INTERIEUR.BERGER, PRÉFET DE LA SEINE// 2 X. BRE 1852/ PROCLAMATION/ DE L'EMPIRE/ A L'HOTEL DE VILLE/ DE PARIS. Proclamation and date on five-lines within olive wreath; legend around and signed below. Struck to commemorate the proclamation of the Empire at Paris city hall. Housed in an oversized holder. On the morning of the 2nd of December, prefect of the Seine, Jean Jacques Berger proclaimed the Empire in the Paris municipal palace (Hotel de Ville). Napoleon III, returning on horseback from the castle of Saint Cloud, entered the Tuileries, looked out from the balcony and in front of 10,000 men crowded in the court, the general of Saint-Arnaud, minister of war, read the plebiscite that restored the Empire in France. To verify the authenticity of PCGS and NGC certified coins in this listing, enter each certification number on the respective NGC or PCGS cert verification webpages: 6631181001.