In this blog I am going to discuss the Olmutz Military Medal (Olmütz Militärmedaille) which was issued by the Civil Board of the town of Olmutz as an award to ten of its citizens who at the request of the town council formed the Olmutz Volunteer Corp which served as a component of an Austrian Chevau-Legers Regiment on August 12, 1796.
Date Issued: August 12, 1796
Reason Issued: This medal was issued by the Civil Board of the town of Olmutz as an award to ten of its citizens who at the request of the town council formed the Olmutz Volunteer Corp which served as a component of an Austrian Chevau-Legers regiment on August 12, 1796.
Classes or Types: One
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal with a pearled border and with an attached circular suspension eye at the top, which is perpendicular to the medal.
Obverse (Figure 1): 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 in a frame composed of two fine lines. The inscription reads: MILITI ELLECTO CAESAREM ET PATRIAM DEFENDENTI . Translation: The soldiers chosen as the defenders of their emperor and homeland. Below the bust is inscribed in two lines: FII/R.I.S.A. (Franciscus II Rex Imperator Semper Augustus) Translation, Franz II Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Reverse (Figure 2): An Olmutz eagle with shield on its breast on which are the letters FMT (FRANCISCVS MARIA THERESIA). This was the town coat of arms as modified in 1758. Around the eagle is the inscription: SENATVS POPULUSQUE OLOMUCENSIS AO 1796. Translation: Senate and people of Olmutz in the year 1796.
Weight: 38 grams
Size: 45 mm in diameter
Type of Material:
- Reported to be a silver medal by Mericka
- Reported to be a silver gilt medal by Hessenthal/Schreiber
Variations: None known
Number Issued: 10
- According to Hessenthal/Schreiber the ribbon is yellow with narrow black edge stripes
- According to Mericka the ribbon is a 40 mm wide black with 4 narrow yellow stripes one of which is on the edge and the other is separated from it by a 4 mm black stripe.
Miniature: None known
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