Life Saving Medal, Type II
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A smooth circular medal with a raised border, constructed of silver. The obverse features the left-facing portrait of Duke Ernst II, with the circular inscription ‘ERNST II. HERZOG VON SACHSEN ALTENBURG’. Below the neck is the artist’s signature ‘GENTHE’. The reverse features an oak leaf wreath tied by a ribbon at the bottom, with the inscription ‘FÜR RETTUNG AUS LEBENSGEFAHR’ in the centre. On a loop for suspension, on a white ribbon with dark green borders.
The Life Saving Medal was instituted on April 1, 1882, by Duke Ernst I. It was conferred upon individuals who risked their lives in order to save others from peril.
The Type II medals were introduced in 1908 by Duke Ernst II. The medals were altered to feature the portrait of Duke Ernst II, but the award criteria remained the same.
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