Two antique Franz Josef Austro-Hungarian Empire medals. On the left a 1914 medal commemorating the War Welfare Office made out of looted weapon materials and, on the right, a 1898 medal suspended from its triangular folded ribbon celebrating the 50 years of Kaiser Franz Josef's reign (1848-1898). Both medals depict a uniformed bust of Franz Josef facing right on the front. The reverse of the larger one shows a winged Victory with a wreath on one hand and a branch on the other, three soldiers on the ground, two fighting a battle while the third is badly wounded. Approaching troops can be seen in the distance. The medals are inscribed as follows:
LEFT: FRANC IOS I R. Neuberger 1914 A. Hartig
RIGHT: FRANC IOS I D G IMP AUSTR REX BOH ETC AC DC ET HUNG MDCCCXLVII - MDCCCXCVIII SIGNUM MEMORIAE Translation: Franz Joseph I, by the grace of God Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia etc. Apostolic King of Hungary; 1848 – 1898; Token of Remembrance.
In good used condition with scratches and imperfections. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Large Medal: 1 15/16"/4.9 cm diameter approximately. Small Medal: 1 5/16" / 3.4 cm diameter approximately.