Crown Princess Carola Medal, Type II, in Bronze
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of bronze. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Queen Carola wearing a tiara, with the circular inscription ‘CAROLA KOENIGIN VON SACHSEN’. Below the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘M. B.’. The reverse features the inscription ‘GESTIFTET ZUM 25JÄHRIGEN BESTEHEN DES ALBERT-VEREINS IN SACHSEN 1867-1892 FÜR HILFREICHE NÄCHSTENLIEBE’ (‘Instituted on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Albert Society in Saxony 1867-1892 for helpful benevolence’) half-encircled by two rue leaf branches. On a loop for suspension, on a yellow ribbon with side stripes that are black on the inside and light blue on the outside.
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 Bronze Medal was awarded 1,000 times.
Obv: CAROLA KOENIGIN VON SACHSEN Rev: GESTIFTET ZUM 25 JÄHRIGEN BESTEHEN DES ALBERT-VEREINS IN SACHSEN 1867-1892 FÜR HILFREICHE NÄCHSTENLIEBE
1,052 were produced.
Obv: CAROLA KOENIGIN VON SACHSEN Rev: ALBERT-VEREIN IN SACHSEN 1867-1892
The purpose of this variant is unknown.
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