In this blog I am going to discuss the Commemoration Medal for the 1864 Campaign in Schleswig-Holstein (Erinnerungsmedaille an den Feldzug 1864 in Schleswig-Holstein) established by Emperor Franz Joseph in collaboration with Prussian King William I to reward those who participated in the 1864 campaign against Denmark in Schleswig-Holstein.
Date Issued: November 10, 1864
Reason Issued: As a commemoration medal for the Austrian Prussian Coalition victory over Denmark in the February 1-October 30 1864 Campaign in Schleswig-Holstein. The medal was issued to all Austrian military personnel of the Austrian Army Expeditionary Force and the Navy North Sea Squadron that participated in this campaign.
Classes or Types: One
- This medal was issued by agreement between the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I and the Prussian King William I.
- The Prussians issued a medal of similar design and on a similar ribbon in bronze for combatants and iron for non-combatants for the same campaign
- The original medals were struck from captured Danish cannon
- The rim of the medal is inscribed AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUTZ which translates: “from captured cannon”
- The chocolate bronze medals with the edge inscription were the original issue and the awards in bright medal with no edge inscription are a latter issue
- There was no certificate or award document issued with this medal
- Those who received this medal later qualified for the 1873 war medal
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal with a small rectangular suspension eye
Obverse: Inside a raised rim is the monogram FJ (Franz Joseph) under the Austrian Imperial crown and W (Wilhelm) under the Prussian king’s crown. Both monograms are in Latin cursive script. The Monogram FJ is on the viewer’s left and the W is on the right.
Reverse: Inside a raised rim is a laurel wreath which is tied at the bottom with a bow. Inside the wreath is an inscription in four lines: UNSERN/TAPFERN/KRIEGERN/1864. Translation: Our brave warriors, 1864
Type I medal = 14 grams
Type II medal = 11.5 grams
Size: 29-30 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick
Type of Material:
- Chocolate Bronze
- A copper medal with a bright finish
- Type I medal: As described above in chocolate bronze and with the edge inscription: Aus Erobertem Geschutz. Translation, From captured cannon
- Type II medal = as described above with the bright finish, no edge inscription and a ball shaped eye raised on a small pedestal (replacement medals)
Designer: Freidrich Leisek
Manufacturer: The Vienna Hauptmunzamt (Mint)
Number Issued: Unknown however there were 28,000 Austrian military personnel who participated in the campaign and thus were eligible for the medal.
Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time, when I will describe the case, ribbon and miniature of this medal. I hope you find joy in our shared interest.