Figure 1: Court Jubilee Military Medal in Bronze. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Introduction: This medal was issued to military and civil servants of both genders who had served at court, the emperor’s residences or the national theater between December 2, 1848 and December 2, 1898. The medal was coined in gold, silver and bronze

Date Issued: November 21, 1898

Reason Issued: This medal was issued to military and civil servants of both genders who had served at court, the emperor’s residences or the national theater between December 2, 1848 and December 2, 1898. The medal was coined in gold, silver and bronze and was issued in three types, the military award on a triangular ribbon,  the civilian award on a straight ribbon and the Award for women on a bow.  It was also issued in two sizes, the larger format for men and the smaller for women. The gold medal was in practice only issued to a few men, who were high court officials, the ministers of foreign affairs and state, the Adjutants General, the directors of the cabinet councils and the general managers of the monarch’s private and family funds. The silver medal went to the captains of the lifeguards, the court’s Marshal in Hungary, court officials, directors/conductors and the general manager of the court theatres, officers, officials and auxiliary officials, court clerics, physicians, members of the court clergy and the court music director. The bronze medal for men was intended for all remaining men in the court service and for the soldiers of the emperor’s body guard. The medal issued to women was intended for those women who provided service in the imperial directorate and in the management of the imperial mansions and hunting lodges in Austria and Hungary.

Figure 2: The Military Version of the Court Jubilee Medal in Bronze. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Figure 3: The Civil Version of the Court Jubilee Medal in Silver. Image from author’s archive

Figure 4: Court Jubilee Civil Medal for women. Image from author’s archive

 

 

 

Classes or Types: There were two types of the medal, military and civil and three classes gold, silver and bronze for men. Medals for women were issued only as a civil award and only in bronze

· Military Medal in gold

· Military Medal in silver

· Military Medal in bronze

· Civil Medal in gold

· Civil Medal in silver

· Civil Medal in bronze

· Civil Medal in bronze for women

Interesting Facts:

· The medal was worn in front of all other jubilee medals and after the 1873 War Medal

· No award documents were issued with this medal

· The ribbon for this medal could not be worn by itself

Hallmarks: 

· Gold medals: None known

· Silver medals: The clasp is marked with JC in a rectangle and the medal is also marked on the rim at the 9 o’clock position with the JC (Johann Christlbauer) in rectangle mark and the 1872-1922 small article 750 silver hallmark.

· Bronze medals: No hallmarks

Figure 5: Court Jubilee Civil Medal in Silver. Image from author’s archive

Design: An oval medal with a raised rim and a loop shaped wire eye. The civil medals and those for women are suspended from a narrow wire suspension clasp.

Figure 6: Court Jubilee Military Medal obverse in Silver. Image from author’s archive

Obverse: A bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I facing to the viewers right in a Field Marshal’s uniform decorated with the Order of the Golden Fleece, Military Order of Maria Theresa, grand cross and star, the 1873 War Medal, The Officers Service Cross, first class and the Russian George Cross.

Figure 7: Court Jubilee Military Medal in Bronze, reverse. Image courtesy of Dorotheum.

Reverse:  Inside a raised rim is a plain background on which is inscribed in 5 lines FRANCISCVS JOSEPHVS I./ QVINQVAGENARII.REGNI/ DIEM.FESTVM.CELEBRANS/ II. DECEMBRIS/ MDCCCXVIII. Translation: Franz Joseph I, the Celebration of the Fifty Years of his Reign, December 2, 1898

Weight:

  • Military medal in gold: Unknown
  • Military medal in silver: 16 grams without suspension
  • Military medal in bronze: 16 grams
  • Civil medal in gold: Unknown
  • Civil medal in silver: 16 grams
  • Civil medal in bronze: 16 grams
  • Civil medal in bronze for women: 8.3 grams

Size: 

  • Military medal in gold: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Military medal in silver: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Military medal in bronze: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Civil medal in gold: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Civil medal in silver: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Civil medal in bronze: 39 mm in height and 31 mm in width
  • Civil medal in bronze for women: 26 mm in height 20 mm in width

Type of Material:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

Variations: None Known

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Next time, I will continue the description of the Jubilee Court Medal.  Until then I hope you find joy in our shared interest.

Rick

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