Original German / Prussian Commemorative Medal for the Combatants of 1813-1815 / Napoleonic Wars (Erinnerungs-Kriegsdenkmünze für die Kämpfer von 1813-1815) - 1863, IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, ON NEW RIBBON, THIS MEDAL IS MORE THAN 150 YEARS OLD, A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE, RARE MEDAL - HARD TO FIND
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Prussian Commemorative Medal for the Combatants of 1813-1815 (Erinnerungs-Kriegsdenkmünze für die Kämpfer von 1813-1815), 1863 - Circular bronze medal with ribbed suspension ring and loop; the face with the head of King Friedrich Wilhelm III facing left above laurel branches on which is imposed a ribbon dated ‘1813 1814 1815’, circumscribed above ‘FRIEDR. WILHELM III KÖNIG V. PREUSSEN’; the reverse with the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm I above laurel and oak branches, circumscribed above ‘DEN 17 MÄRZ 1863’. The medal was instituted by King Wilhelm I on 17 March 1863 to mark the 50th anniversary of the wars against Napoleonic France and its allies that culminated in victory at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 and was awarded in bronze for combatants, as here, and in blackened iron for non-combatants and ladies. Diameter: cca 29 mm, weight: cca 12 grams.