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
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.
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)
- Large Gold Honor Medal: 15 ducats (52.4 grams)
- Gold Honor Medal: 10 Ducats (33.4 grams)
- Silver Honor Medal: 25.5 grams
- 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
Number Issued: Unknown
Miniature: None known
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