Figure 1: Silver Dalmatian Commemoration Medal, obverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Introduction:

The Dalmatian Commemoration Medal (Errinnerungs und Verdienstmedaille für Dalmatien) was authorized in 1801 by Emperor Franz II for military and civilian personnel for administrative merit and meritorious service in maintaining order in the kingdom of Dalmatia after it was ceded to Austria in 1797 by the piece of Campo Formio.

Date Issued: 1801

Reason Issued: This medal was authorized for military and civilian personnel for administrative merit and meritorious service in maintaining order in the kingdom of Dalmatia after it was ceded to Austria in 1797 by the piece of Campo Formio.

Classes or Types: Two

  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal

Interesting Facts: None known

Hallmarks: None Known

Design:  A round medal with a raised rim and an attached flat round eye.

Figure 2: Gold Dalmatian Commemoration Medal, obverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac.

Obverse: 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 which reads: FRANCISCVS II. ROM. IMP. DALMATIAE REX. Translation, Franz II, Roman Emperor, King of Dalmatia. Below the bust is inscribed the name of the medalist I.N.Wirt F (Johann Nepomuk Wirt). (The F stands for fabrikat , (fabricated).

Figure 3: Gold Dalmatia  Commemoration Medal, reverse. Image attributed to Reference Catalogue Orders, medals and decorations of the World, A-D, Borna Barac

Reverse:  A plain background on which is inscribed in two lines DALMATIAE/ BENEMERENTI. (Translation, the Dalmatians Deserving Merit). At the bottom edge of the medal is the date MDCCCI (1801)

Weight:

· Gold Medal = Unknown

· Type I silver medal = 26.5 grams

· Type II Silver medal = 17.9  grams

Size:  All medals are 42 mm in diameter

Type of Material:  Gold and Silver

Variations: 

· Type I medal: As described above

· Type II medal: The same as described above except the weight is 17.9 grams

Designer: Johann Nepomuk Wirt

Manufacturer: Vienna Hauptmunzampt (Mint Imperial Mint)

Number Issued: Unknown

Case: Unknown

Figure 4: Ribbon, authorized for the Dalmatia Commemoration Medal .

Ribbon: 40 mm wide Carmen Red

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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