The West Gallaecian Commemoration Medal (Medaille zur Huldigung von Westgalizien) was instituted in 1796 by Emperor Franz II to commemorate the celebration in Krakow on August 17, 1796 at which the people of Western Galicia swore an oath of elegance to Emperor Franz II.
Date Issued: August 17, 1796
Reason Issued: This medal was authorized to commemorate the celebration in Krakow on August 17, 1796 at which the people of Western Galicia swore an oath of elegance to Emperor Franz II.
Classes or Types: Two
- Silver commemoration medal
- Tombak (German bronze alloy of zinc and copper) commemoration medal
- The representative of the emperor at this calibration was Prince Karol von Auersperg
- This change in elegance was brought about by the third partition of Galicia in 1795
- The main ceremony took place in St. Mary’s church where thousands of nobles, representatives of the middle class and academia swore homage to the emperor.
- This medal was issued in both a wearable and non-wearable form
Hallmarks: None Known
Design: A round medal with a raised rim and an attached flat round eye.
Obverse: The bust of Emperor Franz II in profile, 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: IMP. CAES. FRANCISCO II. HVNG. BOH. GAL. ET. LOD. REGI Translation, Franz II, Emperor and King of Hungary, Bohemia, Galicia and LOD . Below the bust is inscribed the name of the medalist I.N.Wirt F. (The F stands for fabrikat ,(fabricated)
Reverse: A plain background on which is inscribed in two lines Fides Galiciae Secundae Jureiur Obstricta Cracouiae die XVII Augusti MDCCXCVI .
- Silver Medal = 45.3 grams
- Tombak medal = 2.61 grams
Size: All medals are 48.5 mm in diameter
Type of Material: Silver and Tombak
Variations: None known
Designer: Johann Nepomuk Wirt
Manufacturer: Vienna Hauptmunzampt (Mint Imperial Mint)
Number Issued: Unknown
Miniature: None known
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