Original Austrian Empire Commemorative Medal for the Defenders of the Tyrol 1797 (Erinnerungsmedaille für die Tiroler Verteidiger), IN NICE CONDITION, ON NEW RIBBON, VERY GOOD EXAMPLE, ATTRACTIVE TARNISH, SOME DENTS ON THE RIM (THE AWARD IS MORE THAN 220 YEARS OLD)
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Commemorative Medal for the Defenders of the Tyrol 1797 (Erinnerungsmedaille für die Tiroler Verteidiger 1797) - The Commemorative Medal for the Defenders of the Tyrol was created by order of Emperor Francis II in 1797 to reward the Tyrolean volunteers who resisted the Revolutionary French forces under General Barthélemy Joubert who were advancing into Austria over the Julian Alps by Napoleon’s command following their victory in northern Italy.It consists of a large circular silver medal with a circular loop for ribbon suspension. The obverse shows the laurel-crowned head of Emperor Francis II facing right encircled by the inscription ‘FRANZ II R. K. ERZH. ZU OEST. GEF. GRAF VON TYROL’ (Francis II, Duke of Austria, Count of Tyrol), signed ‘I. N. WIRT. F’ (for the great Viennese medalist to the Imperial Court and Chief Engraver at the Vienna Mint, Johann Nepomuk Wirt, 1750-1811). The reverse is inscribed ‘DEN / TAPFEREN / VERTHEIDIGERN / DES / VATERLANDES’ (The Brave Defenders of the Fatherland) and dated ‘MDCCXCVII’ (1797) within a circular laurel wreath. The diameter of the medal is 38.91mm (1.53 inches). The ribbon is yellow with 3 black stripes.