Introduction: The Golden Jubilee Flag Medal for the Corps Artillery Regiment 8 (Goldene Jubiläums Fahnenmedaille für Seinem Korps artillerieregimente Nummer 8) was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s appointment as Inhaber (Proprietor) of Corps Artillery Regiment 8.
Date Issued: February 18, 1904
Reason Issued: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s command of the field howitzer Regiment Franz Joseph number 8 (previously designated the 1st Corps Artillery Regiment) as its Inhaber (Proprietor)
Classes or Types: One
- There are 10 medals of this type which were issued to Austrian units in 1898 and this medal which was issued in 1904
- The Regiment was originally raised in Olomouc and Prague and later in Steirisch-Graz and Goriz.
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: An oval medal with an attached handle shaped eye
Obverse: On a plain field is the bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I in a Colonels uniform, (regimental commander) facing the viewers right and wearing an overcoat. Around his neck can be seen the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Behind his neck is a small oval Habsburg coat of arms surmounted by the imperial crown. In front of the bust at chest height is the inscription FRANZ. JOSEPH I. On the lower edge of the medal is the name of the engraver, Breithut Fec (Peter Breithut)
Reverse: A plain background in the center of which is an inscription in 6 lines: DER/ INHABER/SEINEM/KORPSARTILLERIE/ REGIMENTE No.8/ 1854-1904. Translation: The Proprietor of his Corp Artillery Regiment Number 8 1854-1904. Around the inscription is an oval wreath composed of two boughs tied at the bottom with a ribbon. On the viewer’s left is a bough of laurel and on the right one of oak.
Weight: 700 grams (200 Ducats)
Size: 108 mm by 85 mm
Type of Material:
· The presentation medals were in gold
· Medals for everyday use were gilt bronze
Variations: None known
Designer: Peter Breithut
Manufacturer: The Vienna Hauptmunzamt (Mint)
Number Issued: 1
Ribbon: This medal was suspended from the regiments flagpole by means of a 50 cm long and 10 cm wide crimson ribbon
Miniature: None known
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