100600 | GERMANY. Nordrhein-Westfalen silver award Medal.

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    100600 | GERMANY. Nordrhein-Westfalen silver award Medal. Issued 1928. For the Verbandsschießen ehemaliger Jäger und Schützen (Veterans' Association gathering), prize #27 (40mm, 27.59 g, 12h).

     

    Logo of the association: skull of a deer surmounted by rayed cross botonnée; crown above; all within wreath of oak leaves and acorns / VERBANDSSCHIESSEN / EHEM. / JÄGER & SCHÜTZEN / VON / RHEINLAND & WESTFALEN / AM 30 JUNI, 1 & 2 JULI 1928 / IN HAGEN i.W. / 27 PREIS in eight lines; oak branch to lower left. Edge: Plain.

     

    Gem Mint State. Pleasing matte surfaces, with an attractive array of toning around the bucranium on the obverse.

     

    Somewhat of a German analog to the VFW or American Legion, the Verbandsschießen served as a fraternal gathering for retired members of the German military, mainly those serving in the roles of the jäger (scouts and sharpshooters) and schützen (rifleman and archers) during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their logo can be seen on the obverse of this medal, featuring the skull of a deer along with a rayed cross and crown above. This iconography emanates from the Christian icons associated with Sts. Hubertus and Eustachius, the patron saints of hunters, and can also be seen, in a similar form, with the logo for the popular German liqueur, Jägermeister (the master hunter).

     

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