Life Saving Medal, Type VI, in Bronze
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of bronze. The obverse features the right-facing head of King Friedrich August III with the circular inscription ‘FRIEDRICH AUGUST KÖNIG VON SACHSEN’. 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. 20 grams.
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 V (1903-1904) medals feature the portrait of King Georg on the obverse. The reverse inscription reads "FÜR LEBENSRETTUNG" (for life saving). The die cutter's signature is "M. Barduleck Fec.".
The Bronze Medal was awarded 31,325 times.
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