Figure 1: Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol Golden Grace Medal, obverse. Image form the author’s archive.

Introduction: The Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol Golden Grace Medal was apparently issued as a reward for special merit in support of the emperor and his dynastic goals.

Date Issued: 1562

Reason Issued: If the reason for issuing later medals which were similar to this medal can be taken as a guide then this medal was issued as a reward for special merit in support of the emperor and his dynastic goals.

Classes or Types:  One

Interesting Facts: The word “grace” as used in the title of this medal had a different meaning when it was issued than it does today. Thus “grace” should be interpreted as “honor” thus this medal’s title is in today’s terms the Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol Gold Honor Medal.

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A Round medal with ornamental edges and a large loop suspension eye at the top.

Obverse: A bust of Archduke Ferdinand in full dress amour facing to the right. Around the edge of the medal is inscribed FERDINANDVS.D.G.ROM.IMP.HVN.BOH.REX (Ferdinand with the grace of God Roman Emperor and Hungarian, Bohemian King)

Reverse: Unknown

Weight: Unknown

Size:  35 mm in diameter

Type of Material: Gold

Variations: None known

Designer: Unknown

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued: Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: A three stranded gold chain which passes through the eye at the top of the medal

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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