Figure 1: Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy, obverse. Image from author’s archive

Introduction:

In 1785 Joseph II established the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna. The academy was founded as a focal point for the training of military physicians and surgeons. On this occasion it was deemed appropriate to create a medal to commemorate the creation of this important institution. What follows is a description of that medal which was called the Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy (Medaille für die Gründung der Kaiser Joseph Medizinischen Akademie)

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  1785

Reason Issued:  To commemorate the founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna in 1785.

Classes or Types:  Two

  • Gold Medal
  • Silver Medal

Interesting Facts: None Known

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A round medal with a raised rim and an attached stylized suspension eye at the top.

 

Figure 1: Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy, obverse. Image from author’s archive

Obverse:  A youthful bare shouldered bust of Joseph II, facing to the viewers right. He is depicted with long flowing hair in which is a laurel wreath near the temples. Paralleling the rim around the upper half of the medal is the inscription: IOSEPHVS II. AVGVSTVS. Near the lower edge of the medal is the signature of the medalist: Ignaz Donner.

Figure 2: Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy, reverse. Image from author’s archive

Reverse:  A depiction of the academy building with the following inscription paralleling the rim around the upper half of the medal: CVRANDIS MILITVM MORBIS ET VVINERIBVS (FOR THE TREATMENT OF ILLNESS AND MILITARY INJURY). Beneath the image of the academy building is the following inscription in three lines: ACADEMIA MEDICO CHIRVRGICA/ INSTITVTA VIENNAE/ MDCCLXXXV (MEDICAL SURGICAL ACADEMY/ FOUNDED VIENNA/ 1785).

Weight: unknown

Size:   60 mm in diameter

Type of Material:  Gold and silver

Variations:  None Known

Designer: Ignez Donner

Manufacturer: Ignez Donner

Number Issued:  Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: None, the medals was worn on a gold or silver chain congruent with the type of metal from which the medal being suspended was struck.

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known

Hope you have enjoyed this blog. next time I will  be describing the 1917-1922 Officer’s bravery medal

Rick

 

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