Life Saving Medal, Type II, in Bronze (stamped "KRUGER F.")

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SKU: 02.SXK.0116.103.01.000

Estimated market value:

$600 USD

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Estimated market value:

$600 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Bronze
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIEDRICH AUGUST KOENIG VON SACHSEN Rev: FUR LEBENS RETTUNG
  • Size
    35mm
  • Version Remarks
    The Type II (1838-1854) medals featured the portrait of King Friedrich August II on the obverse.

History


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 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 II (1838-1854) medals featured the portrait of King Friedrich August II on the obverse. The reverse states FÜR LEBENS RETTUNG, translating to “For Life Rescue”.

The right to wear the medal was awarded separately.

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