Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, 1793

Figure 1: Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, 1793, obverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac.

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 Republic. In 1793 a second issue of the medal with the date 1793 was issued. That medal is the subject of this blog.

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  1793

Reason Issued:  As a reward for Dutch citizens who had demonstrated heroism while serving in the allied forces while supporting the Austrian Army in the war against the French Republic.

Classes or Types:  One, a gold medal

Interesting Facts: None known

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  An octagonal medal with an attached large ball shaped suspension eye at the top.

Obverse: The bust of Emperor Franz II, facing to the right, with a laurel wreath on his head. Inscribed: FRANCOIS II. EMP. DES ROM. ROI DE HONG. ET. BOH. Translation: Franz II. Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Bohemia. The edge of the octagonal medal is raised and inside it is a fine line which follows the edge of the medal. (see Figure 1 above)

Figure 2: Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, 1793, reverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Reverse:  An inscription in six lines: POUR / SERVICES/ RENDUS / AUX / ARMEES / MDCCXCIII, translation for proven services in the army 1793. Around the inscription is a laurel wreath, which is tied at the bottom with a ribbon.

Weight:  Gold Medal = Unknown

Size:  33 mm

Type of Material:  Gold

Variations:  None known

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Vienna Mint)

Number Issued:  4 Gold Medals

Case:  Unknown

Figure 3: Carmen Red ribbon of the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, 1793. Image from the author’s archive.

Ribbon: a 35 mm wide carmen-red ribbon

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time I hope you find joy in our shared interest

Rick

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