The Emperor Franz II established the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence in 1792 as a reward for those Dutch citizens who volunteered to serve in the allied forces or who had rendered support to the Austrian Army in the war against the French Republic. What follows is a discussion of this nistorical medal.
Date Issued: 1792
Reason Issued: As a reward for Dutch citizens who volunteered to serve in the allied forces or who had rendered support to the Austrian Army in the war against the French Republic. The Gold Medal was given for bravery and the silver for merit.
Classes or Types: Two
- Gold Medal
- Silver Medal
Interesting Facts: None known
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: An octagonal medal with an attached large ball shaped suspension eye at the top.
Obverse: The bust of Emperor Franz II, facing to the right, with a laurel wreath on his head, inscribed: FRANCOIS II. EMP. DES ROM. ROI DE HONG. ET. DE. BOH. Translation: Franz II. Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Bohemia. The edge of the octagonal medal is raised and inside it is a fine line which follows the edge of the medal.
Reverse: An inscription in six lines: POUR / SERVICES /RENDUS / AUX / ARMEES / MDCCXCII. Translation: For proven services in the army 1792. Around the inscription is a laurel wreath, which is tied at the bottom with a ribbon. The edge of the octagonal medal is raised and inside it is a fine line which follows the edge of the medal.
- Gold Medal = Unknown
- Silver Medal = 13. 5 grams
Size: 33 mm for both medals
Type of Material: Gold and Silver
- Type I Dutch Volunteers Commemoration Medal: As described above
- Type II: As described above in Zinc and without a suspension eye (May be a copy)
Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Vienna Mint)
Number Issued: Unknown
Ribbon: a 40 mm wide carmen-red ribbon
Miniature: None known
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