Life Saving Medal, in Silver (with star 1833-1864)

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SKU: 02.PRU.0115.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$250+ USD

  • in Silver (with star 1833-1864)
  • in Silver (with star 1833-1864)
  • in Silver (with star 1833-1864)

Estimated market value:

$250+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIEDRICH WILHELM KOENIG VON PREUSSEN Rev: FÜR RETTUNG AUS GEFAHR
  • Size
    25mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/prussia/medals/other-awards-medals/a-prussian-life-saving-medal

Physical Description and Item Details


A Prussian Life Saving Medal

Type III: Silver, type III with six dots above the monarch's head, 24.7 mm, mounted to a brass-framed suspension wrapped in a u-shaped original ribbon, embroidered mounter's label on the reverse, contact marks, edge nicks, bruised, fine. (C:102)

History


This medal was founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III and it was conferred upon citizens who had risked their own lives to rescue another from mortal danger.

In 1782, King Friedrich II instituted an earlier version of this Medal in the form of a table medal, and it was awarded to survivors of shipwrecks.

In 1802, King Friedrich Wilhelm III established also established an earlier version of this Award in the form of a table medal.

The different time periods and variations of the medal are identified by the symbols used as punctuation in the obverse inscription.

From 1833 to 1864, the obverse inscription featured a star or a rosette formed by 8 dots.

From 1865 to 1875, the obverse inscription featured a diamond formed by 4 dots.

From 1875 to 1907, the obverse inscription featured a rosette formed by 6 unclear dots.

From 1907 to 1918, the obverse inscription featured a rosette formed by 6 clear dots.

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