Life Saving Medal

SKU: 02.HAM.0104.101.01

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  • Life Saving Medal (1908) Obverse
  • Life Saving Medal (1908) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    May 15, 1908

Physical Description


A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse depicts the coat of arms of Hamburg with the inscription "FÜR RETTUNG AUS GEFAHR" below, and encompassed by a border with the inscription "FREIE UND HANSESTADT HAMBURG". The reverse bears the image of a kneeling man struggling to free himself from tentacles. The 1918 version bears a loop for suspension and is on a red and white striped ribbon.

History


The Life Saving Medal was originally instituted on May 15, 1908 by the Hamburg City Senate. The medal was awarded to individuals who risked their own life to rescue another person. The Life Saving Medal was not produced as a wearable award until 1918, but remained the same in physical character when it was.

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Versions

  • Price

    $700 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: FREIE UND HANSESTADT HAMBURG FÜR RETTUNG AUS GEFAHR

  • Size

    42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version does not bear a loop for suspension and is unwearable.

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  • Price

    $300 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: FREIE UND HANSESTADT HAMBURG FÜR RETTUNG AUS GEFAHR

  • Size

    38mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version bears a loop for suspension and is wearable.

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