101519 | SWEDEN. Gustaf V silver Award Medal.
101519 | SWEDEN. Gustaf V silver Award Medal. Issued 1918. Presented for Horse Breeding (43mm, 40.33 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 1918.
Choice Mint State. Exceedingly brilliant and prooflike, with a good deal of cobalt-teal toning throughout; a few light hairlines are noted merely for completeness.
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.