The Maximilian Golden Honor Medal, Type I (Mazimillian I Goldener 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: One
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.
Hallmarks: None known
Design: A Round medal with loop suspension eyes at the top.
Obverse: A bust of Maximilian I in armor facing to the viewers right and wearing a crown. Around the edge of the medal is inscribed MAX. RO. IMP. SEMPER. AVGVSTVS. ARCHIDV. AVST. (Maximillian I Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria).
Reverse: In the center of the medal is a mounted knight, around which are shields and images of soldiers. Around the edge of the medal is inscribed: PURIVM. OZ. EVROPE. PROVINCIARVM. REX. ET. PRINCEPS. POTENTISSIVS
Type of Material: Gold plated silver
Variations: None known
Number Issued: Unknown
Ribbon: None, The medal is suspended from a three stranded gold chain which connects to the eyes at the top of the medal
Miniature: None known
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