Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence

Introduction:

In this blog I am going to discuss the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence (Erinnerungmedaille für Freiwilligeaus der Niederländisch Provinz). This decoration was issued during the reign of Franz II to 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. What follows is a description of this award.

Decoration Numismatics:

Date Issued:  This decoration was issued from 1792-1794

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

Hallmarks:  None Known

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

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

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

Figure 2: Silver Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, obverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, medals and decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac

Figure 2: Silver Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence, obverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, medals and decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac

Obverse: (Figures 1 &2)

The bust of Emperor Franz II, facing to the viewers right, with a laurel wreath on his head. Around the bust is 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

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

Figure 4: Silver 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

Figure 4: Silver 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 (Figures 3 & 4):  Inside a raised rim is a laurel wreath which is tied at the bottom with a bow. Inside the wreath is an inscription in six lines: POUR / SERVICES /RENDUS / AUX / ARMEES / MDCCXCII. Translation: For services rendered in the army 1792.

Weight:

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

Size:  33 mm for both medals

Variations: 

  • Type I Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence: As described above
  • Type II Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence: As described above except with the date MDCCXCIII (1793) on the reverse of the medal
  • Type III Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence: As described above except with the date MDCCXCIV (1794) on the reverse of the medal
  • Type IV Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence: As described above in Zinc and without a suspension eye

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Vienna Mint)

Number Issued:  Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: a 40 mm wide scarlet ribbon (Figure 5)

Figure 5: Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence ribbon. Image from author's archive

Figure 5: Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence ribbon. Image from author’s archive

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Next time I will describe the Red Cross Decoration, Officer Cross

Rick

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