Introduction: The Emperor Maximilian II Golden Grace Medal (Kaiser Maximillian II Goldener Gnadenpfenning) was apparently issued as a reward for special merit in support of the emperor and his dynastic goals.
Reason Issued: 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 emperor and his dynastic goals.
Classes or Types: Two, a large gold medal and a small gold medal.
Interesting Facts: The word “grace” as used in the title of this medal had a different meaning when it was issued than it does today. Thus, the word “grace” should be interpreted as “honor” therefor this medal’s title is in today’s terms the Emperor Maximillian II Gold Honor Medal.
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal with a large curricular suspension eye at the top.
Obverse: A bust of Emperor Maximilian II in full dress armor and high lace collar facing to the viewers left. Around the bust is inscribed MAXIMILI.II.ROM.IMP.S.A. (Maximilian II Roman Emperor and Sovereign of Austria). The obverse edge of the medal is decorated with a series of stylized chain links.
Reverse: A single headed eagle grasping the globe in its left talon with the inscription DOMINVS PROVIDEBIT (Provident Ruler) around the upper edge of the medal. The reverse edge of the medal is decorated with a series of stylized chain links.
· Large Medal: 38-39 mm in diameter
· Small Medal: 31 mm in diameter
Type of Material: Gold
Variations: None known
Number Issued: Unknown
Ribbon: A three strand gold chain which passes through the eye at the top of the medal
Miniature: None known
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