Introduction: The Commemoration Medal for the Corps Artillery Regiment 8
(Erinnerungsmedaille für Seinem Korps artillerieregimente Nummer 8) was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s appointment as Inhaber (Proprietor) of Corps Artillery Regiment 8.
Date Issued: February 18, 1904
Reason Issued: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s command of the field howitzer Regiment Franz Joseph number 8 (previously designated the 1st Corps Artillery Regiment) as its Inhaber (Proprietor)
Classes or Types: One
· There are 10 medals of this type which were issued to Austrian units in 1898 and this medal which was issued in 1904
· The Regiment was originally raised in Olomouc and Prague and later in Steirisch-Graz and Goriz.
Hallmarks: None Known
Obverse: On a plain field is the bust of the young Emperor Franz Joseph I in the uniform of a Colonel, (regimental commander) facing to the right and wearing an overcoat. Around his neck can be seen the badge of the order of the Golden Fleece. Behind his neck is a small oval Habsburg coat of arms surmounted by the imperial crown. In front of the bust at chest height is the inscription FRANZ. JOSEPH I. On the lower edge of the medal is the name of the engraver, Breithut Fec (Peter Breithut)
Reverse: A plain background in the center of which is an inscription in 6 lines: ERRINNERUNG AN DASINHABER-JUBILAUM D. K. u. K. KORPS-ARTIL-RGMT.KAISER No. 8 1894, SEPT. Translation: Commemorating the Inhaber Jubilee of the Imperial and Royal Corp Artillery Regiment Emperor Number 8, 1894 September.
Size: 37 mm in diameter
Type of Material: Silver
Variations: None known
Designer: Peter Breithut
Manufacturer: The Vienna Hauptmunzamt (Mint)
Number Issued: Unknown
Order of Precedence: Not listed in the Order of Precedence
Ribbon: This medal was suspended from crimson ribbon
Miniature: None known
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