Figure 1: Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization, obverse. Image Courtesy of Dorotheum

Introduction:

The Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization (Militärverdienstmedaille für das Tiroler Aufgebot) was issued by Emperor Franz II in 1796 to reward those Tyrolean’s who took up arms and defended the Tyrol against the French during the Napoleonic wars when the emperor announced a mobilization on August 12, 1796

Medal Numismatics:

Date Issued:  August 12, 1796

Reason Issued:  Issued by Emperor Franz II in 1796 to reward those Tyrolean’s who took up arms and defended the Tyrol against the French when the emperor announced a mobilization on August 12, 1796

Classes or Types:  Two

  • Large Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal

Interesting Facts: The larger silver medals were awarded to officers and the smaller to non-commissioned officers and all other military personnel

Hallmarks:  None Known

Design:  A round medal with a raised rim and a large flat attached circular suspension eye at the top

Figure 2: Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization, obverse. Image Courtesy of Dorotheum

Obverse: The bust of Emperor Franz II, Facing to the right, with long flowing hair and a laurel wreath on his head. Around the edge of the medal is an inscription which reads: FRANCISCVS. II. D. G. R. IMP. S. A.H.B.R.COMES.TIROLIS. Below the bust near the rim is inscribed the name of the medalist I.N.Wirt F. (The F stands for fabrikat , (fabricated)

Figure 3: Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization, reverse. Image Courtesy of Dorotheum

Reverse:  A laurel wreath tied at the bottom with a bow. Inside the wreath in five lines is inscribed: PRO.FIDE./PRINCIPE./ET.PATRIA/FORTITER./PVGNANTI. Translation: To the heroic faithful fighter prince and fatherland. Between the outer edge of the wreath and the edge of the medal is inscribed TIROLIS. AB. HOSTE.GALLO.VNDIQUE.PETITA. Translation, Tyrol threatened on all sides by the French.  At the bottom of the medal is the date MDCCXCVI (1796)

Weight:

  • Large Silver Medal = 18 grams
  • Silver Medal = 13 grams

Size:

  • Large Silver Medal = 40 mm in diameter
  • Silver Medal = 35 mm in diameter

Type of Material:  Silver

Variations:  None known

Designer: Johann Nepomuk Wirt

Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Vienna Mint)

Number Issued:  Unknown

Case:  Unknown

Figure 4: Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization ribon. Image from the author’s archive

Ribbon: a 40 mm wide white ribbon with 7 mm wide, Ponceau (Poppy)-red middle stripe, bordered on each side by a thin black line, and with 6 mm wide dark-green edges.

Attachments:  None

Miniature:  None known
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Rick

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