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
- 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.
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)
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.
- Gold Medal: 28.7 grams
- Silver Medal: 44.1 grams
- 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
Miniature: None known
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