101801 | SWEDEN. Oscar II/Horsebreeding silver Award Medal.
101801 | SWEDEN. Oscar II silver Award Medal. Issued circa 1875-1897. Presented for horse breeding (43mm, 37.78 g, 12h). By L. Ahlborn.
OSCAR II SVERIGES OCH NORGES KONUNG, bare head left / FÖR HÄSTAFVELNS FRÄMJANDE (for horse breeding), horse standing left; PRISBELÖNING (award). Edge: Plain.
Barac – (though cf. p. 1728 for obverse [type VIIb.iv]). Gem Mint State. Wholly argent and dazzling, with a lightly frosted nature to the devices and exceptionally mirrored fields; great cameo effect. Includes light blue cardboard box, though possibly not original.
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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