Military Surgeons' Merit Medal, Silver
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Emperor Joseph II founded the Josephinum in Vienna as a surgical-military academy and infirmary on November 7, 1785. The goal of this institution was to establish a university level of education, marrying medicine with surgery. On the date of its creation, a special medal was established in three classes and awarded from 1785-1790.
The large silver medal was designed by Johann Nepomuk Wirt, bearing the portrait of the Emperor facing left.
The mid-sized silver medal was designed by Johann Nepomuk Wirt, bearing the portrait of the Emperor facing left.
The portrait of the small silver medal was designed by Ignaz Donner and differs slightly from the other two medals.
The eyelet was soldered on as the medal could presented as an award or as a gift (without an eyelet). It was worn on a yellow ribbon with black strips at the edges.
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