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 command of General Dumouriez at the battle of Neerwinden.

Decoration Numismatics:

Date Issued:  This medal was issued in 1793

Reason Issued:  The medal was issued as a reward for officers under the command of Field Marshall and Prince Friedrich Josaias of Sax-Coberg who defeated the French under the command of General Dumouriez at the battle of Neerwinden.

Classes or Types:  Two

  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal

Hallmarks:  None Known

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

Figure 1: Neerwinden Medal, obverse. Image from author's archive.

Figure 1: Neerwinden Medal, obverse. Image from author’s archive.

Obverse (Figure 1): 

A bust of Prince Friedrich Josaias facing the viewers right and wearing a laurel wreath in his hair. Around the bust is the inscription: FRIDERIC.JOSAIAS.PRINC.SAXO.COB.S.R.I SUPR. BELLI. DUX. Below the bust is the medalist’s name: BALDENBACH (Baldenbach, Peter, Brussels, Circa 1762 – 1799)

Figure 2: Neerwinden Medal, reverse. Image from author's archive.

Figure 2: Neerwinden Medal, reverse. Image from author’s archive.

Reverse (Figure 2):  A scene of a Roman legion above which is inscribed: RESUTORI. BELGI. AUSPICE. AUGUSTO, and below which is inscribed in three lines: GALIS MENSE MARTIO/MDCCXCIII.UTROQUE/BELGIO EXATIS.

Weight:

  • Gold Medal: unknown
  • Silver Medal 27 grams

Size:  47 mm for both medals

Type of Material:  Silver and gold

Variations:  None known

Designer: Baldenbach, Peter

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued: 

  • Four gold medals
  • Unknown number of silver medals

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: a 40 mm wide scarlet ribbon (Figure 3)

Figure 3: Neerwinden Medal Ribbon. Image form the author's archive.

Figure 3: Neerwinden Medal Ribbon. Image form the author’s archive.

Miniature:  None known

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

Rick

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