Austro-Hungarian

Maria Theresia Honor Medal, 1765-1780

Introduction:  In 1765 when Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire with her husband Franz Stephan von Lothringian as Empress Consort, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary, medals were typically issued with her image and that of her husband on the obverse. In this case however

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Jeweled Austrian Awards Part III

Introduction: In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1859-1866

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1859 with the image of Franz Joseph on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II in 1789. The first

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Jeweled Austrian Awards, Part III

Introduction: In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was

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Joseph II Honor Medal, 1766-1790

Introduction: When Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire with her husband Franz Stephan von Lothringian as Empress Consort, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary medals were typically issued with her image and that of her husband on the obverse. In this case however a medal

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Jeweled Austrian Awards, Part II

Introduction: In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal, 1849-1859

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1849 with the image of Franz Joseph on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II in 1789. The first

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Jeweled Austrian Awards Part I

In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was issued

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Bravery Medal, 1839-1849

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1839-1849 Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille). These were the ninth – eleventh medals issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In previous blogs I have described the evolution of the bravery medal from the first one

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Bravery Medal, 1810-1839

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1810-1839 Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille). These were the seventh and eighth medals issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal and the first to be called a Bravery Medal. In previous blogs I have started this

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