In this blog I am going to continue my discussion of the Merit Medal for Military Physicians and Surgeons 1824 – 1835 (Verdienstmedaille-für-Militärärzte-und-Chirurgen-1824-1835). This Medal was established by Emperor Franz I As a reward for meritorious service by military physicians and regimental surgeons who had distinguished themselves by their special proficiency and devotion in their respective professions.
Date Issued: 1824-1835
Reason Issued: As a reward for meritorious service by military physicians and regimental surgeons who had distinguished themselves by their special proficiency and devotion in their respective professions. The award was originally created on the occasion of the founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna in 1785. This version of the medal was established in 1824 by Emperor Franz I
Classes or Types: One
Interesting Facts: None known
Design: A round medal with a raised rim and an attached wedge shaped suspension eye at the top.
Obverse: Inside a raised rim are two busts facing to the viewers right. The bust in the foreground is that of Franz I wearing a laurel wreath tied with a bow. The bust in the backgrounds is that of Joseph II, the founder of the award. Around the busts starting at the 7 o’clock position is an inscription as follows: FRANCISCVS I. AVGVSTVS IOSEPHVS II. AVGVSTVS. Translation: Franz I Emperor Joseph II Emperor. Below the busts is the name of the medalist ID BOEHM. (Josef Daniel Boehm)
Reverse: Inside a raised rim is a female image standing on a raised line dressed in roman style facing to the viewers left. She is holding a snake in her hands (the traditional symbol for the medical professions). Above her and following the contours of the upper edge of the medal is inscribed: BENE MERENTIBVS (outstanding Service). Below the female figure is inscribed in three lines ACADEMIA MEDICO CHIRURG/ FUND. MDCCLXXXV/ REST. MDCCCXXIV. Translation: Physicians and Surgeons Academy Founded in 1785 and restored in 1824.
Size: 59 mm in diameter
Variations: None known
Designer: Josef Daniel Boehm
Number Issued: Unknown
Miniatures: None known to exist
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