100562 | GERMANY. Auguste Viktoria silver Medal.

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    100562 | GERMANY. Auguste Viktoria silver Medal. Issued 1914. World War I series: The compassion and charity of the empress (34mm, 17.45 g, 12h). By P. Sturm at the Grünthal Workshop in Berlin.

     

    AVGVSTE / VICTORIA, crowned and draped bust left; Red Cross medal to left / BARMHERZIGKEIT, wounded soldier standing facing and being tended to by medic to left and nurse to right. Edge: SILBER 800.

     

    Zetzmann 5005. Choice Mint State. Highly prooflike surfaces, with exceptionally frosted devices; a few light hairlines are noted on the obverse.

     

    The Red Cross medal was created by Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898 in order to recognize those who performed acts of service unto the sick or wounded during wartime. Empress Augusta Victoria, the organization's royal patroness, wanted these acts to be recognized during peacetime as well, and instituted their inclusion.

     

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