Life Saving Medal, Type I, in Bronze
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Life Saving Medals were awarded to individuals who risked their lives to rescue a person in mortal danger. The medal was originally founded by King Anton and his co-regent Friedrich August, and it was awarded to recognize individuals that risked their own lives to rescue a victim from mortal peril.
The medal was originally founded by King Anton and his co-regent Friedrich August, and it was awarded to recognize individuals that risked their own lives to rescue a victim from mortal peril.The Kingdom of Saxony was the first German state to have portable life saving medals, followed by Prussia in 1833 and Braunschweig in 1836.
The Type I medals featured the portraits of King Anton and Friedrich August on the obverse. The reverse states FÜR LEBENS RETTUNG, translating to “For Life Rescue”.
There is a version of the Type I medals that was awarded specifically for heroic efforts and life saving during the flood in the town of Plauen in 1834.
In July 1834, major floods killed 26 people, damaged 75 houses and a great deal of land. The Royal State of Saxony issued a directorate to acknowledge the deeds of the public. On February 13, 1835, four awards were made to Friedrich August Müller (master weaver), Franz August Mammen (clerk), Johann Knorr (master weaver), and Karl Strobel (Petinet worker).
This Plauen flood version of the medal featured the same obverse and reverse design as the normal Type I medals, but it had extra text added to the obverse inscription.
There is no bronze medal for the flood of Plauen.
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