100404 | SWEDEN. Oscar II silver horse breeding Award Medal.
100404 | SWEDEN. Oscar II silver Award Medal. Issued circa 1875-1897. Presented for Horse Breeding (43mm, 38.41 g, 12h). By L. Ahlborn.
OSCAR II SVERIGES OCH NORGES KONUNG, bare head right / FÖR HÄSTAFVELNS FRÄMJANDE (for horse breeding), horse standing left; PRISBELÖNING (award). Edge: Plain.
Choice Proof. Exceedingly lustrous and mirrored, with supremely frosted devices and an attractive russet and cobalt tone near the peripheries; a fair number of hairlines in the fields are noted.
Awarded annually by the Stuteri Öfverstyrelsen (stud farm executive board), these medals were a continuation of the ideals originally promoted in the 17th century in order to foster a strong supply of horses for the Swedish cavalry. Enacted by decree in 1872, and officially instituted by 1875, these hästmedaljer ("horse medals") were presented, in silver and bronze, to the owners of deceased young horses that were considered by the board to be worthy of such honor and distinction.
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