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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, 1793

Introduction: The Emperor Franz II established the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence in 1792 as a reward for those Dutch citizens who volunteered to serve in the allied forces or who had rendered support to the Austrian Army in the war against the French

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Military Merit Medal, 1911-1917, Part II

Introduction: The Military Merit Medal (Militärverdienstmedaille), 1911-1917 is not at first glance a very important looking decoration. However to the Austrian officer corps and to the empire it was a decoration of substantial significance. This can be recognized when one considers that in the order of precedence

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Old news on the Mecklenburg Griffin Order?!

Griffin Order

During a cleanup of an old collection I ran across an old manuscript by Eric Ludvigsen. Read for yourself: The Griffon Order of the Mecklenburg Grand Duchies – An Outline Especially the remarks on sword awards are quite interesting.

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Military Merit Medal, 1911-1917, Part I

Introduction: The Military Merit Medal (Militärverdienstmedaille), 1911-1917 is not at first glance a very important looking decoration. However to the Austrian officer corps and to the empire it was a decoration of substantial significance. This can be recognized when one considers that in the order of precedence

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Medal to the 25th anniversary of the Franco-Prussian War

Franco Prussian War

The municipality of Thurnau must have been extremely proud of their veterans of the Franco-Prussian War. They coined medal as shown below in genuine silver. Everybody has probably encountered the official War Commemorative Medal issued by Prussia to all participants of that war. Coined from captured cannon

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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence

Introduction: The Emperor Franz II established the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence in 1792 as a reward for those Dutch citizens who volunteered to serve in the allied forces or who had rendered support to the Austrian Army in the war against the French

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Bronze Military Merit Medal, 1890-1911

Introduction: The Bronze Military Merit Medal (Bronzene Militärverdienstmedaille), 1890-1911 is not at first glance a very important looking medal. However to the Austrian officer corps and to the empire it was a medal of substantial significance. This can be recognized when one considers that in the order

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Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands

Introduction: The Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands (Silberne Militarvberdienstmedaille Kaiser Leopolds II fur die Niederlande) was issued between 1790 and 1793 to honor those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to the call to arms and who performed

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Prussian Military Honor Award 2nd Class Awards After 1864

The history of Prussian awards for combat-related action for NCO’s and soldiers is rather complex. Of course, during the Napoleonic Wars, the 1870/71 war against France, and during the World War (1914-1918), the Iron Cross 1st Class and 2nd Class were the primary awards for combat-related action

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Medal Business – example Oldenburg

Oldenburg Capitular Grand Cross Badge Badge in Wear

A lesser know fact to most German collectors is that every German order had a “Kapitel”, basically a board of directors with secretary and treasurer to tend to the operative and administrative needs of the organization. Not all but a few states made this visible by handing

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