Figure 1: Obverse of the Maximillian Honor Medal, Type II. Image courtesy of Dorotheum

Introduction: The Maximilian Honor Medal, Type II (Mazimillian Gnadenpfenning) was apparently issued as a reward for special merit in support of the emperor and his dynastic goals.

Date Issued: Circa 1508-1519

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

  • Gold Medal
  • Silver 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 “grace” should be interpreted as “honor” thus this medal’s title is in today’s terms the Maximillian I Gold Honor Medal.
  • This medal also came in the form of a table Medal

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A Round medal with a loop suspension eye at the top.

Figure 1: Obverse of the Maximillian Honor Medal, Type II. Image courtesy of Dorotheum

Obverse: A bust of Maximilian I in armor facing to the viewers left and holding a sword in his right hand and a scepter in his left. He is wearing a crown. Around the edge of the medal is inscribed MAXIMILIANVS. DEI. GRA. ROMANOR. REX. SEMPER. AVGUSTVS.   (Maximillian with God’s grace of Roman King and Emperor)

Figure 2: Reverse of the Maximillian Honor Medal, Type II. Image courtesy of Dorotheum

Reverse: In the center of the medal is the crowned Tyrol coat of arms within the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Around this are shields with coat of arms of Hungary, Austria, Burgundy and the House of Habsburg. All of this is below a Gothic decorative element. Around the edge of the medal is the inscription: XPIA·REGNOR·REX·HERS QZ ARCHIDVX· AVSTRE· PLVRIMAR·QZ ·EVROP· PROVICIAR· PNS·DVX·ET·DO. Translation: The Hereditary King of Christian as well as other Realms, Archduke of Austria and of very many lands Prince, Duke and Lord.

Weight:

  • Gold Medal: 28.7 grams
  • Silver Medal: 44.1 grams

Size: 

  • Gold Medal: 48 mm
  • Silver Medal: 44 mm

Type of Material: Gold plated silver and silver

Variations: None known

Designer: Benedikt  Burkhart

Manufacturer: Hall in Tyrol

Number Issued: Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: Unknown

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

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

Rick

 

 

 

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