Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence

Figure 1: Gold Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence. 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. What follows is a discussion of this nistorical medal.

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  1792

Reason Issued:  As a reward for 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. The Gold Medal was given for bravery and the silver for merit.

Classes or Types:  Two

  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal

Interesting Facts: None known

Hallmarks:  None Known

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

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

 

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. DE. 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.

Figure 3: Gold Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, reverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, medals and decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac

Reverse:  An inscription in six lines: POUR / SERVICES /RENDUS / AUX / ARMEES / MDCCXCII. Translation: For proven services in the army 1792.  Around the inscription is a laurel wreath, which is tied at the bottom with a ribbon. The edge of the octagonal medal is raised and inside it is a fine line which follows the edge of the medal.

Weight:

  • Gold Medal = Unknown
  • Silver Medal = 13. 5 grams

Size:  33 mm for both medals

Type of Material:  Gold and Silver

Variations: 

  • Type I Dutch Volunteers Commemoration Medal: As described above
  • Type II: As described above in Zinc and without a suspension eye (May be a copy)

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Vienna Mint)

Number Issued:  Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Figure 4: Carmen-Red Ribbon of the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence. Image from the author’s archive.

Ribbon: a 40 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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