Figure 1: Commemoration Medal for the Royal Prussian Guard Grenadier Regiment Number 2. Image from the author’s archive.

Introduction:
The Commemoration Medal for the Royal Prussian Guard Grenadier Regiment No.2
(Eerinnerungsmedaille für das Koniglich Preußische Gardegrenadiere Regiment Nummer 2) was issued to Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s appointment as Inhaber (Proprietor) of the Royal Prussian Emperor Franz Grenadier Guard Regiment Number 2

Date Issued: January 11, 1899

Reason Issued: To Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s appointment as Inhaber (Proprietor) of the Royal Prussian Emperor Franz Grenadier Guard Regiment Number 2

Classes or Types: Two

  • Silver Proprietor’s Jubilee Medal
  • Bronze Proprietor’s Jubilee Medal

Interesting Facts:

  • Silver medals were issued to active officers, generals affiliated with the regiment, high ranking staff officers, former regimental commanders, regimental physicians, regimental paymasters and later the silver medal was given to the chairman of the Regimental Veterans Association.
  • Bronze medals were issued to the regimental bandleader, non-commissioned officers, the regimental clerk, ensigns, flag bearers and to “Old Franzers”

Hallmarks:

  • The makers mark of Johann Christian Christlbauer on the silver medals
  • The 1872-1922 Fine silver hallmark on the silver medals

Design: A round medal with an attached wedge-shaped eye

Figure 2: Commemoration Medal for the Royal Prussian Guard Grenadier Regiment Number 2, obverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Obverse: On a plain field is the bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I facing to the viewers right and wearing the uniform of a Prussian Guards officer. Around his neck can be seen the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He is also wearing the commander cross of the Order of the Red Eagle, the Order of the Black Eagle with grand cordon and star and the collar of the Royal Hohenzollern House Order. Around the upper half of the medal is inscribed FRANZ JOSEPH I KAIS .VON.OESTERR.KG.VON,BOEH. ETC. U. AP. KG. V. UNG. Translation: Franz Joseph I Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia etc. Apostolic King of Hungary.

Figure 3: Commemoration Medal for the Royal Prussian Guard Grenadier Regiment Number 2, reverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Reverse:  On a plain background is a wreath composed of a laurel bough on the viewers left and one of oak on the right tied at the bottom with a ribbon. Inside the wreath is an inscription in eight lines: DEM/ KGL. PREUSSISCHEN/ KAISER FRANZ /GARDE-GRENADIER/ REGIMENT Nr.2/ von/ SEINEM CHEF/1849-1899. Translation: The Royal Prussian Emperor Franz Guard-Grenadier Regiment No.2 from its commander 1849-1899.

Weight:

· Silver Medal: 23 grams

· Bronze Medal: 20 grams

Size: 34 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick

Type of Material:

· Silver

· Bronze

Variations: None known

Designer: Josef Tautenhayn the elder

Manufacturer:

· The Vienna Hauptmunzamt (Mint)

· Johann Christian Christlbauer

Number Issued:

· Silver: 88 medals were issued as follows, 70 to active officers, 3 medals to generals affiliated with the regiment, 4 to high-ranking staff officers, 4 to former regimental commanders, 4 to Regimental Physicians and 3 to Regimental Paymasters. Later the silver medal was given to the Chairman of the Regimental Veterans Association.

· Bronze: 28 medals were issued as follows, 1 to the Regimental Bandleader, 13 to Non-commissioned officers, 1 to the Regimental Clerk, 4 to Ensigns, 4 to flag bearers and 5 to “Old Franzers”

Case:  Unknown

Figure 4: Commemoration Medal for the Royal Prussian Guard Grenadier Regiment Number 2, ribbon. Image from the author’s archive.

Ribbon: A strait ribbon 27 mm wide black ribbon with two 5.5 mm golden yellow side stripes followed by a 2mm narrow black stripe and a 1 mm wide black and yellow edge stripe

Attachments: None

Miniature: Miniatures of this medal are known to exist

 

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Rick

 

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