Posts Tagged Medal Numismatics

Joseph II Honor Medal, 1766-1790

Introduction: When Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire with her husband Franz Stephan von Lothringian as Empress Consort, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary medals were typically issued with her image and that of her husband on the obverse. In this case however a medal

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Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization (Militärverdienstmedaille für das Tiroler Aufgebot). This medal was issued in 1796 by the authority of Emperor Franz II to reward the Tyrolean’s who participated in the defense of the Tirol

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Honor Medal, 1789-1791

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1789-1791 Honor Medal (Ehren Medaille). This was in fact the first medal issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going to take the reader through the evolution

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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

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Red Cross Merit Medals Part II

Introduction: As noted in Part I of the discussion of the Red Cross Merit Medal this decoration is particularly interesting in that it could be awarded for two entirely different reasons. Those decorations issued with the addition of the war decoration were issued for meritorious service, in

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Red Cross Merit Medals Part I

Introduction: This decoration is particularly interesting in that it could be awarded for two entirely different reasons. Those decorations issued with the addition of the war decoration were issued for meritorious service, in time of war, not warranting the award of the Red Cross Honor Decoration, second

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The Neerwinden Medal

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Nerwinden Medal (Neerwinden Medaille). This medal was issued during the reign of Franz II as a reward for officers under the command of Field Marshall and Prince Friedrich Josaias of Sax-Coberg who defeated the French under the

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Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands

Introduction: In 1790 Emperor Leopold II established the Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands (Silberne Militarvberdienstmedaille Kaiser Leopolds II fur die Niederlande) as a reward for acts of outstanding bravery during the uprisings in the Netherlands in 1790. The award of this medal

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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg

Introduction: In 1790 Emperor Leopold II established the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of Limburg (Figure 1) Erinnerungs-Medaille für Freiwilligeaus der Provinz Limburg) 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

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Merit Medal for Royal and Imperial Military Doctors and Regimental Surgeons

  Introduction: In 1785 Emperor Joseph II established the Merit Medal for Royal and Imperial Military Doctors and Regimental Surgeons (Verdienstmedaille für  K.K. Militärarzte und Regimentschirurgen). This was the first medal in Austrian history to be established specifically as an award to the physicians and surgeons who

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