Introduction:

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.

Decoration Numismatics:

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

Figure 1: Neerwinden Medal, obverse. Image from author's archive.

Figure 1: Neerwinden Medal, obverse. Image from author’s archive.

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)

Figure 2: Neerwinden Medal, reverse. Image from author's archive.

Figure 2: Neerwinden Medal, reverse. Image from author’s archive.

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.

Weight:

  • 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

Manufacturer: Unknown

Number Issued: 

  • Four gold medals
  • Unknown number of silver medals

Case:  Unknown

Ribbon: a 40 mm wide scarlet ribbon (Figure 3)

Figure 3: Neerwinden Medal Ribbon. Image form the author's archive.

Figure 3: Neerwinden Medal Ribbon. Image form the author’s archive.

Miniature:  None known

I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Next time I will describe the Red Cross Decoration, second class

Rick

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4 Comments
  1. Hi Rick,

    Congratulations on this magnificent work. I am finishing a book on French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars decorations and I wanted to ask your permission to use the obverse and reverse pictures of the Neerwinden medal. Of course I will follow the copyright instructions you tell me.

    Best regards from Spain
    Jesús Chapela

    • Mr. Chapel

      You are welcome to use the image in your work however be aware that the image did not originate with me. It came from my archive. I have been collecting images for 40 years and do not know the origin of many of them including this one.

      Rick

      • Mr. Lussier,

        First of all, I would like to thank you for your generosity. I will heed your warning about the origin of the images.

        Thank you very much,

        Jesús Chapela

        • Mr. Chapel, it was my pleasure to correspond with you and I wish you well on your publishing effort

          Rick

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