Figure 1: Jubilee Commemoration Medal of the Armed Forces. Image from the author’s archive.

Introduction:
This medal was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I and as a reward for those persons regardless of rank serving in the armed forces or constabulary that met the award requirements.

Reason Issued: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I and as a reward for those persons regardless of rank serving in the armed forces or constabulary that met the award requirements. Eligible forces were:

· Soldiers who had served 3 years in the army by December 2, 1898

· Soldiers who had served 2 years in the army and one year in the Landsturm

· Soldiers serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina

· Reserve officers with one year of good service

· Navy Personnel with 3 years of good service

· Military Officials with one year of good service

· Gagiston (Military officials who had no place in the hierarchy of officers) with three years of good service

· One-year volunteers

· Recipients of the 1873 War Medal

Classes or Types: One, although this medal is closely related to the Jubilee Medal for Civil Service and the Gold Military Jubilee Medal

Interesting Facts:

· This medal was also called the Militarische Jubiläum– Erinnerungsmedaille vom Jahr 1898 (Military Jubilee Commemoration Medal of 1898)

· The obverse inscription varies from that of the medal for civil service as follows: The medal for the armed forces is inscribed, in part, AC. AP.REX HVNG while that for civil service is inscribed, in part ET REX AP HVNG

Hallmarks: None

Design: A round medal with a raised rim and a cylinder-shaped eye.

Figure 2: Jubilee Commemoration Medal of the Armed Forces, obverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Obverse: A bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I facing to the viewers right in a Field Marshal’s uniform decorated with a grand cordon and awards including the Order of the Golden Fleece. Above the emperor’s head is an inscription which follows the contour of the edge of the medal. The inscription reads FRANC. IOS. I. D. G. IMP. AVSTR. REX BOH.ETC.AC.AP.REX. HVNG. Translation: Franz Joseph I with the Grace of God Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia Etc. and Apostolic King of Hungary.

Figure 3: Jubilee Commemoration Medal of the Armed Forces, reverse. Image from the author’s archive.

Reverse:  Inside a raised rim is a plain background in the center of which is a rectangular plaque with the inscription SIGNVM MEMORIAE (Commemoration Insignia). The plaque is surrounded with a wreath that is composed of a laurel bough on the viewers left and an oak bough on the right. The wreath is tied at the bottom with a bow. Above the wreath and plaque and following the contour of the upper edge of the medal is inscribed MDCCCXLVIII—MDCCCXCVIII (1848-1898).

Weight: 19.8 grams

Size:  33-35 mm in diameter and 3 mm thick

Type of Material:

· Bronze

· Gilt bronze

· War metal

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until nest time when I will continue my description of the Jubilee Commemoration Medal for the Armed Forces, I hope you find joy in our shared interest.

Rick

 

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