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 two types, the military award on a triangular ribbon and the civilian award on a straight ribbon.  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 bodyguard. 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.

Designer: Heinrich Jauner

Manufacturer: The Vienna Hauptmunzamt (Mint), Josef Christian Christlbauer

· Medals are also known to have been sold by the Schneider Brothers and Heinrich Ulbrechts widow

Number Issued:

·   Military medal in gold: 7 medals to:

1. General of Cavalry Eduard Graf Paar, Adjutant General to the Emperor

2. Feldzeugmeister Artur Freiherr Bolfras von Ahnenburg, Chief of the Military Chancellery of the Emperor

3. General of Cavalry Cristoph Count von Degenfeld-Schonburg, Colonel in Chief of the 83rd infantry regiment

4. Feldzeugmeister Leonidas Freiherr von Popp

5. Lieutenant-Fieldmarshall Rudolf Furst von und zu Liechtenstein, Colonel of the Imperials and Royal Lifeguard

6. Feldzeugmeister Friedrich Graf von Beck Rzikowsky, Chief of the General Staff

7. Emperor Franz Joseph (He is not known to have ever worn the medal)

·   Military medal in silver:  Unknown

·   Military medal in bronze: Unknown

·   Civil medal in gold:  10 medals were issued as follows: The Supreme Office of the Court Steward 2 medals, The Supreme Office of the Exchequer 2 medals, the supreme Office of the Court Marshall 1 medal, The Office of the Equerry 1 medal, Cabinet Chancery 1 medal, General Directory of the Supreme Funds 1 medal, Ministry of the Exterior 1 medal,

·   Civil medal in silver: Unknown

·   Civil medal in bronze: Unknown

·   Civil medal in bronze for women: 200 medals were struck and 62 medals were awarded as follows: Uniform and laundry service, 4 medals, court chapel 1 medal, court apothecary 1 medal, palace directorate Vienna 2 medals, palace directorate Budapest 1 medal, palace overseers belvedere 1 medal, court managers 10 medals, Office of the Director of the Chamberlains 2 medals, Office of the Director of the Marshals 1 medal, Office of the Director of the mews 15 medals, Chamberlain of his majesty 1 medal, Cabinet Chancellery 1 medal, General Directorate of the Imperial Public Funds 12 medals.

·   Total Silver Medals issued were 1,303

·   Total Bronze Medals issued were 4, 185

Figure 1: Agenor Maria Goluchowski Minister of the Imperial House and the Exterior wearing the Gold Court Jubilee Medal

Recipients of the Gold Jubilee Court Medal:

Military Recipients:

  • Arthur Bolfros von Ahnenburg, Feldzeugmeister, General-Adjutant
  • Friedrich Freiherr von Beck, Feldzeugmeister, Chief of the General Staff
  • Eduard Graf Paar, Feldzeugmeister, General-Adjutant
  • Chriastoph Graf Degenfeld-Schonburg, General der Kavallerie, former General Adjutant
  • Leonidas Freiherr von Popp, Titular Feldzeugmeister, former General-Adjutant

Civilian recipients:

  • Hugo Graf von Abensperg und Traun, Oberstkammerer
  • Adolf Freiherr von Braun, Cabinetts-Director
  • Bela Graf Cziraky von Czirak und Denesfalva, Obersthofmarschall
  • Emil Freiherr von Chertek, General Director of all Private and Family Funds
  • Agenor Graf Goluchowski von Goluchowo, Minister of the Imperial House and the Exterior
  • Rudolf Prince von und zu Liechtsnstein, First Obersthoffmeister
  • Alfred Prince of Montenuovo, Second Obersthoffmeister
  • Johann Bernard Count Rechber-Rothenlowen, former Minister of the Imperial House and Exterior
  • Gustav Graf Kalnoky von Korospatak, former Minister of the Imperial House and Exterior
  • Emmerich Prince zu Thorn und Taxis, former Obersthoffmeister

Case:  A rectangular case with a red lid with an inner rectangular line in gold. In the center of the lid is a gold monogram FJI (Franz Joseph I) surmounted by an imperil crown with banderols. The monogram and crown are in gold. The inner liner of the lid is white silk and often has the maker’s logo in gold. The inner portion of the bottom of the case is light gray colored and fitted.

Figure 2: Court Jubilee Medal Case, top exterior.Image from the author’s archive.

Figure 3: Court Jubilee Medal Case, bottom interior. Image from the author’s archive.

Figure 4: Jubilee Court Medal Ribbon. Image from the author’s archive

Ribbon: 

· Military court medal: A 38-42 mm wide triangular ponceau (poppy) red ribbon with

5– 7 mm wide white edge stripes

· Civil court medal: a 30 mm wide straight bright red ribbon with 5 mm wide white edge stripes

· Civil court medal for women: a bow composed of a 15 mm wide bright red ribbon with 2 mm wide white edge stripes

· A small rectangular ribbon for this medal was introduced in October 27,1917.

Attachments:  The clasps are usually hallmarked JC (Johann Christlbauer)

· Military medal in gold:  A gold clasp which is 52 mm long and 8 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898.

· Military medal in silver: A silver clasp which is 52 mm long and 8 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898

· Military medal in bronze:  A bronze clasp which is 52 mm long and 8 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898

· Civil medal in gold:  A gold clasp which is 31 mm long and 7 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898

· Civil medal in silver:  A silver clasp which is 31 mm long and 7 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898

· Civil medal in bronze: A bronze clasp which is 31 mm long and 7 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898

· Civil medal in bronze for women: A bronze clasp which is 15-16 mm long and 4 mm wide. On the clasp is the inscription 1848-1898.

Figure 5: Jubilee Court Medal Ribbon. Image from the author’s archive

Figure 6: Silver Court Jubilee Medal Miniature. Image from the author’s archive.

 

Miniature: 

· Medal in gold: There are examples of this medal. 22.7 mm x 15.6 in size and 4.3 grams in weight

· Medal in silver:  22.7 mm x 15.6 in size weight unknown

· Medal in bronze:  22.7 mm x 15.6 in size weight unknown

. Medal in bronze for women:  Unknown

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Until next time I hope you find joy in our shared interest.

Rick

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