Crown Princess Carola Medal, Type I, in Gold
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of gold. The obverse features the left-facing portrait of Crown Princess Carola with the circular inscription ‘CAROLA KRONPRINZESSIN VON SACHSEN’. Below the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘M. B.’. The reverse features a hatched Geneva cross, with the semi-circular inscription ‘EV: MATTH: CAP: 25 V: 40’ along the upper half. On a loop for suspension, on a green ribbon with white side stripes.
The Carola Medal was founded on September 17, 1892 by King Albert and Queen Carola on the 25th anniversary of the Albert Association.
The medal was awarded to men and women of Saxony for special merits in the field of charity in war or peace times. This medal was awarded in gold, silver, or bronze.
Type I medals were awarded between 1871 and 1892, to volunteer nurses for merit in their training during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. This was an internal award provided by the Albert Society, and is listed here for completeness.
Type II medals were awarded between 1892 and 1915. A total of 46 gold, 1,000 silver, and 1,000 bronze medals were awarded.
In 1915, the reverse text of the inscription was changed, and the anniversary notice was removed. From 1915, it was allowed to wear the medal without the ribbon, and medals that were awarded for merit during a war were given special recognition by means of a ribbon clip.
Type III medals were awarded between 1915 and 1925. A total of 6 gold, 300 silver, and 860 bronze medals were awarded.
The Type I Gold Medal presents a portrait of the queen on the obverse, with a Geneva cross on the reverse. They were cut by engraver Max Barduleck. A total of eight were awarded.
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