Austro-Hungarian

Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy

Introduction: In 1785 Joseph II established the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna. The academy was founded as a focal point for the training of military physicians and surgeons. On this occasion it was deemed appropriate to create a medal to commemorate the creation of this important

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Karl Bravery Medal 1917-1922, Part II

Introduction: In this blog I am continuing the discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse which I commenced in part I of this discussion. Thus this is part II of a two part discussion

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Karl Bravery Medal 1917-1922, Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am commencing a discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse. In the next blog I publish I will complete my discussion of this decoration. Thus this is part I

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Merit Medal for Royal and Imperial Military Doctors and Regimental Surgeons

Introduction: In 1785 Joseph II established the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna. The academy was founded as an academic institution for the training of military physicians and surgeons. On this occasion it was also deemed appropriate to create and award to recognize physicians and surgeons for

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1915-1917, Part II

Introduction: In this blog I am going to conclude the discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1915 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

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1915-1917 Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am going to commence a discussion of  the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1915 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

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Joseph II Honor Medal, 1766-1780

Introduction: In 1766 when Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire as coregent with her son Joseph II, as Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary some medals were issued with Joseph’s image on the obverse. In this case the medal known as the Joseph II Honor

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1866-1915

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1866 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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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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