Life Saving Medal
Image courtesy of Ludwig. J. Trost, "Die Ritter- und Verdienst-Orden, Ehrenzeichen und Medaillen aller Souveräne und Staaten"
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A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse bears the image of a crowned bear ascending a wall with a door, encompassed by a border inscribed with "FUERCHTE GOTT UND BEFOLGE SEINE BEFEHLE" (Fear God and Obey His Commands). The reverse bears the inscription "FÜR RETTUNG AUS GEFAHR" (for rescue from danger), encompassed by a wreath of oak leaves. With a loop for suspension, on a green ribbon with red stripes. Weighing 13 grams.
The Life Saving Medal was founded by Duke Leopold Friedrich of Anhalt-Dessau-Köthen and Duke Alexander Carl of Anhalt-Bernburg on April 12, 1850. It was conferred upon citizens who had risked their life to rescue and aid people in conditions of extreme danger and peril.
From 1851 to 1863, the Life Saving Medal was jointly awarded by both Duchies. After 1918, it was awarded by the nation state of Anhalt.
A total of 121 medals were awarded from 1851 to 1917. Three women received the award from 1901 to 1915.
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