Olmutz Military Medal

Introduction:

In this blog I am going to discuss the Olmutz Military Medal (Olmütz Militärmedaille) which was issued by the Civil Board of the town of Olmutz as an award to ten of its citizens who at the request of the town council formed the Olmutz Volunteer Corp which served as a component of an Austrian Chevau-Legers Regiment on August 12, 1796.

Decoration Numismatics:

Date Issued:  August 12, 1796

Reason Issued:  This medal was issued by the Civil Board of the town of Olmutz as an award to ten of its citizens who at the request of the town council formed the Olmutz Volunteer Corp which served as a component of an Austrian Chevau-Legers regiment on August 12, 1796.

Classes or Types:  One

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A round medal with a pearled border and with an attached circular suspension eye at the top, which is perpendicular to the medal.

Figure 1: Olmutz Military Medal obverse. Image from the author's archive

Figure 1: Olmutz Military Medal obverse. Image from the author’s archive

Obverse (Figure 1): The bust of Emperor Franz II, Facing to the right, with long flowing hair and a laurel wreath on his head. Around the edge of the medal is an inscription in a frame composed of two fine lines. The inscription reads: MILITI ELLECTO CAESAREM ET PATRIAM DEFENDENTI . Translation: The soldiers chosen as the defenders of their emperor and homeland.  Below the bust is inscribed in two lines: FII/R.I.S.A. (Franciscus II Rex Imperator Semper Augustus) Translation, Franz II Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

Figure 2: Olmutz Military Medal reverse. Image from the author's archive

Figure 2: Olmutz Military Medal reverse. Image from the author’s archive

Reverse (Figure 2):  An Olmutz eagle with shield on its breast on which are the letters FMT (FRANCISCVS MARIA THERESIA). This was the town coat of arms as modified in 1758. Around the eagle is the inscription: SENATVS POPULUSQUE OLOMUCENSIS AO 1796. Translation: Senate and people of Olmutz in the year 1796.

Weight: 38 grams

Size:  45 mm in diameter

Type of Material:

  • Reported to be a silver medal by Mericka
  • Reported to be a silver gilt medal by Hessenthal/Schreiber

Variations:  None known

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued:  10

Case:  Unknown

Figure 3: Olmutz Military Medal on ribbon. Image from the author's archive

Figure 3: Olmutz Military Medal on ribbon. Image from the author’s archive

Ribbon:

  • According to Hessenthal/Schreiber the ribbon is yellow with narrow black edge stripes
  • According to Mericka the ribbon is a 40 mm wide black with 4 narrow yellow stripes one of which is on the edge and the other is separated from it by a 4 mm black stripe.

 

Figure 4: Olmutz Military Medal ribbon as reported by Hessenthal and Schreiber. Image from the author's archive

Figure 4: Olmutz Military Medal ribbon as reported by Hessenthal and Schreiber. Image from the author’s archive

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Figure 5: Olmutz Military Medal ribbon as reported by Mericka. Image from the author's archive

Figure 5: Olmutz Military Medal ribbon as reported by Mericka. Image from the author’s archive

 

Attachments: None

Miniature:  None known

I hope you enjoyed this discussion.

Rick

 

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