Introduction: Although the exact reason for awarding this medal, the Kaiser Ferdinand II Goldene Gnadenmedaille, is unclear If the reason for issuing later medals which were similar to this medal can be taken as a guide, then this medal was issued as a reward for special merit in support of the archduke and his goals.
Date Issued: 1635-1637
Reason Issued: The exact reason for awarding the Emperor Ferdinand II Honor Medal (Kaiser Ferdinand II Goldene Gnadenmedaille) which was established Kaiser Ferdinand II in 1635 is unclear, If the reason for issuing later medals which were similar to this medal can be taken as a guide, then this medal was issued as a reward for special merit in support of the archduke and his goals.
Classes or Types: One
Interesting Facts: The word Gnaden (Grace) as used in the name of this medal had a different meaning when it was issued than it does today. Thus “grace” should be interpreted as “honor” therefore the title in today’s terminology would be the Emperor Ferdinand II Golden Honor Medal.
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: An oval medal with two suspension eyes at the 2, 6 and 10 o’clock positions.
Obverse: A bust of Emperor Ferdinand II facing to the right and wearing court dress with lace collar. Inscribed around the top half of the bust is: FERDINANDVS II. ROM.IMP S. AVG. GERM. HVNG. BOH.REX.D.B.C.T. (Ferdinand II. Roman Emperor, Sovereign German Ruler, Hungary, Bohemia, King D. B. C. T.)
Reverse: The reveres feature a crown below which is a crossed sword and scepter. Above the crown is a sunburst. Inscribed around the edge of the reveres of the medal is inscribed LEGITIME CERTANTIBVS ANO
Size: 48 mm high and x 39 mm wide
Type of Material: Gold
Variations: None known
Number Issued: Unknown
Ribbon: None, instead the medal is suspended from a chain which passes through the top eyes of the medal.
Attachments: A pearl shaped decoration in gold is attached to the bottom eye of the medal.
Miniature: None known
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