Life Saving Medal, Type II, in Gold
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of gold. The obverse features the right-facing head of King Friedrich August II with the circular inscription ‘FRIEDRICH AUGUST KOENIG VON SACHSEN’. At the bottom is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘KRÜGER F.’. The reverse features the inscription ‘FÜR LEBENS=RETTUNG’ (‘for life saving’), surrounded by an oak leaf wreath that is cross-tied by a ribbon at the top and bottom. On a loop for suspension, on a white ribbon.
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.
The Kingdom of Saxony was the first German state to use wearable life saving medals, followed by Prussia in 1833 and Braunschweig in 1836.
The Type II (1838-1854) medals feature the portrait of King Friedrich August II on the obverse. The reverse inscription reads "FÜR LEBENSRETTUNG" (for life saving).
The Gold Medal was made of eight ducats. The right to wear the medal was awarded separately. The medal was minted in 1838.
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