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)
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.
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.
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).
Size: 60 mm in diameter
Type of Material: Gold and silver
Variations: None Known
Designer: Ignez Donner
Manufacturer: Ignez Donner
Number Issued: 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.
Miniature: None known
Hope you have enjoyed this blog. next time I will be describing the 1917-1922 Officer’s bravery medal