figure 1: Death of Franz I
Commemoration Medal, obverse. Image from author’s archive

Introduction: The Death of Franz I Commemoration Medal (Medaille zum Tod von Franz I)
was issued to commemorate the death of Franz I the husband of Empress Maria Theresia.

Date Issued: 1765

Reason Issued: To commemorate the death of Maria Theresia’s husband Franz I.

Classes or Types: Three

· Large Gold Honor Medal

· Gold Honor Medal

· Silver Honor Medal

Interesting Facts: These medals were also issued as table medals.

Hallmarks: None known

Design:  A round medal with a flat stylized suspension eye at the top

figure 1: Death of Franz I
Commemoration Medal, obverse. Image from author’s archive

Obverse:  Inside a raised rim is the bust of Franz I facing to the viewers right and wearing armor and a cloak with the collar of the order of the Golden Fleece. Around the image is inscribed FRANCISCUS. D.G. ROM. IMP. S.A. GERM HIER.REX.LOTH.BAR. ET. M. HETR. DUX. 

figure 2: Death of Franz I
Commemoration Medal, reverse. Image from author’s archive

Reverse: Inside a raised rim is the bust of the Archduchess Maria Theresia, facing to the viewers right and wearing a gown clasped at the shoulder. The bust of the empress is wearing widows vail and a diadem and has long flowing curly hair. The medal has a raised rim. Paralleling the rim around the upper two thirds of the medal is the inscription: M THERESIA.D G. ROM. IMP. HUNG. & BOH. REG. ARCH. AUST. Translation: Maria Theresia with the graced of God Roman Empress, Hungarian and Bohemian Queen, Archduchess of Austria. Below the bust at about the six o’clock position are the initials of the designer A.W. (Anton Franz Wiedemann)

Weight:

  • Large Gold Honor Medal: 15 ducats (52.4 grams)
  • Gold Honor Medal: 10 Ducats (33.4 grams)
  • Silver Honor Medal: 25.5 grams

Size: 

  • Large Gold Honor Medal: 47.5 mm in diameter
  • Gold Honor Medal: 42.5 mm in diameter
  • Silver Honor Medal: 33 mm in diameter

Type of Material:  Gold and Silver

Variations: None known

Designer: Anton Franz Wiedemann

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued: Unknown

Case: Unknown

Ribbon: None

Attachments: None

Miniature: None known

 

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