Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg

Figure 1: Gold Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, Obverse. Image from the Author’s archive.

Introduction:

The commemoration medals for the volunteers of the province of Limburg were issued between 1790 and 1793 to honor those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to the call to arms and who performed acts of heroism or who provided exceptionally meritorious service.

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  1790, 1792 and 1793

Reason Issued:  As a reward for bravery or especially meritorious service to the empire by those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to the call to arms in 1790 to resist rebellion and in 1792 and 1793 to defend the empire from the army of the French Republic

Classes or Types:  Three

  • Large Gold Medal
  • Small Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal

Interesting Facts:

  • Large gold medals were issued to high ranking officers
  • Small gold medals were issued to lower ranking officers
  • Silver medals were issued to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A round medal with an attached stylized suspension eye at the top

Figure 2: Gold Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, Obverse. Image from the Author’s archive.

Figure 3: Silver Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, Obverse. Image from Pinterest.

Obverse:  The bust of Leopold II, facing to the right. He is portrayed with long wavy hair in which there is a laurel wreath near the temples. Paralleling the rim around the upper two-thirds of the medal is the inscription: LEOPOLDVS II. AVG .DVX LIMBVRGI (Leopold II With the Grace of God Duke of Limburg)

Figure 4: Gold Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, Reverse. Image from the Author’s archive.

Figure 5: Silver Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, Reverse. Image from Pinterest.

 

Reverse:  Inside a wreath composed of two boughs one of oak on the viewers right and the other of laurel on the left is an inscription in six lines: FIDIS./ FORTIBVSQVE./ VOLVNTARIIS./ LIMBVRGENSIBVS./ PALMA./ MDCCXC. (The faithful and brave Limburger volunteers the palm 1790)

Weight:

  • Large Gold Medal = unknown
  • Small Gold Medal = Unknown
  • Silver Medal = 13 grams

Size:   

  • Large Gold Medal = 34 mm (Hessenthal and Schreiber = 32 mm)
  • Small Gold Medal = 32 mm (Hessenthal and Schreiber = 28 mm)
  • Silver Medal = 28 mm (Hessenthal and Schreiber = 32 mm)

Type of Material:  Gold and silver

Variations:  None known

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Vienna Hauptmunzampt  (Vienna Mint)

Number Issued:  In 1790 the number issued were as follows, the number issued in 1792 and 1793 are unknown:

  • Large Gold Medal= 34
  • Small Gold Medal = 108
  • Silver Medal = 1084

Case:  Unknown

Figure 6: Commemoration Medal for the Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg, ribbon. Image from the author’s archive.

Ribbon: a 35 mm wide dark Ponceau-red (Poppy-red) ribbon with 5 mm wide corn-flower blue edge strips, 1 mm from the edge of the 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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