In this blog I am going to discuss the Nerwinden Medal (Neerwinden Medaille). This medal was issued during the reign of Franz II as a reward for officers under the command of Field Marshall and Prince Friedrich Josaias of Sax-Coberg who defeated the French under the command of General Dumouriez at the battle of Neerwinden.
Date Issued: This medal was issued in 1793
Reason Issued: The medal was issued as a reward for officers under the command of Field Marshall and Prince Friedrich Josaias of Sax-Coberg who defeated the French under the command of General Dumouriez at the battle of Neerwinden.
Classes or Types: Two
- Gold Medal
- Silver Medal
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal with an attached suspension eye at the top
Obverse (Figure 1):
A bust of Prince Friedrich Josaias facing the viewers right and wearing a laurel wreath in his hair. Around the bust is the inscription: FRIDERIC.JOSAIAS.PRINC.SAXO.COB.S.R.I SUPR. BELLI. DUX. Below the bust is the medalist’s name: BALDENBACH (Baldenbach, Peter, Brussels, Circa 1762 – 1799)
Reverse (Figure 2): A scene of a Roman legion above which is inscribed: RESUTORI. BELGI. AUSPICE. AUGUSTO, and below which is inscribed in three lines: GALIS MENSE MARTIO/MDCCXCIII.UTROQUE/BELGIO EXATIS.
- Gold Medal: unknown
- Silver Medal 27 grams
Size: 47 mm for both medals
Type of Material: Silver and gold
Variations: None known
Designer: Baldenbach, Peter
- Four gold medals
- Unknown number of silver medals
Ribbon: a 40 mm wide scarlet ribbon (Figure 3)
Miniature: None known
I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Next time I will describe the Red Cross Decoration, second class