Franco Prussian War Engraved Medal

'Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer (Hindenburkreuz)'

Price: £26.00 GBP
Availability: Sold
Reference: WW00580
Manufacturer: Not available
Product Description

A nice Franco Prussian War Civilian Medal in combatant issue - it's in nice condition but sadly missing the original ribbon.

The War Commemorative Medal of 1870/71 (German: Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–71) is a campagian medal presented by Kaiser William I in his capacity as King of Prussia. The medal was presented to commemorate service in the Franco Prussian War. The medal was presented to members of the united German armies. The medal was presented for combat service in bronze, and non-combat service in steel. Each version bore minor differences in inscription and design. Clasps were authorized on the 25th anniversary of the German victory, to commemorate selected battles.

The medal for combatants is manufactured from captured bronze cannon barrels. The obverse shows the crowned Royal cypher of William I over the inscription Dem siegreichen Heere (To the victorious army). Inscribed around the edge is Gott war mit uns, Ihm sei die Ehre (God was with us, to Him be the glory). The reverse shows a cross with rays between the four arms. In the center of the cross is a laurel wreath surrounding the dates 1870 and 1871. On the edge of the coin is inscribed AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ (From conquered cannon).