Life Saving Medal, Type III, in Gold (stamped "C.ULBRICHT FEC.")

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  • Life Saving Medal, Type III, in Gold (stamped "C.ULBRICHT FEC.")
  • Life Saving Medal, Type III, in Gold (stamped "C.ULBRICHT FEC.")

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold
  • Inscription
    Obv: JOHANN V.G.G. KOENIG VON SACHSEN Rev: FUR LEBENS RETTUNG
  • Size
    35mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 28 grams. The Type III (1854-1873) medals featured the portrait of King John 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 lifesaving medals, followed by Prussia in 1833 and Braunschweig in 1836.

The Type III (1854-1873) medals featured the portrait of King John on the obverse. The reverse states FÜR LEBENS RETTUNG, translating to “For Life Rescue”. The die was cut by C. Ulbricht Fec.

In 1862, a disaster in the Quarry of Schmilka occured, when 24 stone crushers fell from the wall. The rescue was 56 hours, and all the victims were saved. On March 15,1862, King Johann decreed the rescue work was particularly well done, and a specific silver lifesaving medal was instituted for the parties involved.

The Gold Medal was made of eight ducats. The die cutter signature is often very thin and illegible. Frederich Carl Christian Ulbricht was the official die cutter at the Royal Dresden Mint between 1848-1860.

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