Friedrich August Medal, in Silver

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SKU: 02.SXK.0105.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$50 USD

  • Silver Medal Obverse
  • Silver Medal
  • Silver Medal Reverse

Estimated market value:

$50 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: FAR Rev: FRIEDRICH AUGUST-MEDAILLE
  • Size
    28.5mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 28 grams.

Physical Description and Item Details


A Saxon Friedrich August Medal; Silver Grade

In silver, 28.5 mm, replacement ribbon, bruised, near extremely fine.

History


The medal was instituted by King Frederick August III and it was conferred for meritorious service upon civilians, and military personnel with any rank between Sergeant to Soldier.

As of April 8, 1910, the Friedrich August Medal could be awarded to females. When the medal was awarded to women it was worn on a bow ribbon.

The medals awarded for merit in wartime were also awarded with a clasp reading "WELTKREIG 1914-16". The clasps conferred upon women were shaped like an oak leaf, and the clasps conferred upon men were rectangular-shaped with rounded corners. The clasps are identical to those worn on the Carola Medal in 1915.

From 1905-1907 the medals were manufactured by G.A. Scharffenberg in Dresden, and from 1908-1918 the medals were manufactured by the Royal Saxon Mint in Muldenhutten. In September 1918, the medals came from electroplating bronzed iron. The following month it was approved that aluminum, iron or zinc could be used, due to a lack of copper.

The obverse presents the cypher FAR, while the reverse presents the inscription FRIEDRICH AUGUST MEDAILLE surrounded by a laurel wreath. From 1908-1918, a total of 90,402 medals were minted by the Saxon mint Muldenhütten.

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