101333 | SWEDEN. Gustaf V silver "Horse" Award Medal.
101333 | SWEDEN. Gustaf V silver Award Medal. Issued circa 1927. Presented for Horse Breeding (43mm, 39.16 g, 12h). By A. Lindberg.
GUSTAF • V • SVERIGES • GÖTES • OCH • VENDES • KONUNG, bare head left / FÖR HÄSTAFVELNS FRÄMJANDE (for horse breeding), horse standing left; PRISBELÖNING (award). Edge: SILVER 1927.
Choice Mint State. Exceptionally lustrous and brilliant, with some subtle iridescence highlighting the devices.
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.