Hanseatic League Napoleonic Wars Military medal, 1813-1814 in silver
(Gemeinsame Kriegsdenkmünze für die Hanseatische Legion 1815)
This medal was established by Council resolutions of the Senate of the three Hanseatic cities;
9th March 1815 Hamburg Senate
31st March 1815 Bremen Senate
7th June 1815 Lübeck Senate
Medal was issued to the members of the Hanseatic Legion or active militia, which have been during the liberation wars in the field (1813-14).
The medal was made by Gottfried Bernhard Loos (1774-1843) in Berlin.
On the obverse there is three Hanseatic cities coat of arms: Bremen, Lübeck and Hamburg (left to right). Behind foliage and semi-circular text: “Gott war mit uns” (God was with us). On the lower part, there is a maker stamp “Loos”.
On the reverse circular text around the edge: “Hanseatic Legion” and Lübeck Bremen and Hamburg. In the middle text: “Dem Vaterländischen Kampfe 1813 – 1814 zum Andenken” (The Patriotic fight 1813 – 1814 in memory). On the bottom there is Malta Cross (Johanniter Cross).
There were only 800 (different source 720) medals in silver and 12 made in gold. The silver medals cost 1 Thaler 16 Groschen each at this time.
After liberation by Allied forces in 1813, the Towns raised the Hanseatic Legion, comprising two infantry battalions from Hamburg and one each from Bremen and Lübeck. In all, 1,710 men from Hamburg, 750 from Bremen and 540 from Lübeck joined the Legion and subsequently fought at the decisive battle of Waterloo under the command of Graf (later Fürst) Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.