Life Saving Medal in Gold, Large, Type I
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A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bearded bust of Grand Duke Friedrich I, partially encompassed by the inscription "FRIEDRICH GROSHERZOG VON BADEN". The reverse bears the inscription "FÜR RETTUNG" encompassed by an oak leaf wreath tied with a ribbon at the bottom. Stamped on the obverse "C. SCHNITZSPAHN".
The Life Saving Medal was founded by Grand Duke Friedrich I on September 30, 1866. The medal was conferred upon individuals who had courageously risked their own life and health to rescue human life and property. The Life Saving Medal was originally divided into three classes: Large Gold, Small Gold and Silver. There are no known examples of the Large Gold Medal being awarded. During the reign of Grand Duke Friedrich II only Silver Medals were awarded. The medals were not returnable. When an individual received a higher class of the medal, all of the medals were worn simultaneously side by side. The obverse was stamped "C. SCHNITZSPAHN" as the professor, medalist and court engraver, Christian Schnitzspahn stamped the medal. The Type I medals feature the portrait of Grand Duke Friedrich I on the obverse.
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