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Austria, family medal of Francis Stephen & Maria Theresia

Austria, family medal of Francis Stephen & Maria Theresia



Austria, family medal of Francis Stephen & Maria Theresia

Period: 19th-20th century

Commemorative medal of Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresia with their family.

Obverse: Facing busts of Francis Stephen and Maria Theresia.
Legend above: FRANCISCVS AVG. MARIA THERESIA AVG.
Legend in ex: NATVS VIII DEC. MDCCVIII / NATA XVII MAI. / MDCCXVII.
Signed below busts: A. WIDEMAN and G. EHLE.

Reverse: Central medallion with portrait of Archduke Joseph, surrounded by smaller portraits of his twelve siblings, each with name and date of birth.
Legend around central medallion: IOSEPH.ARCH.AVST.NAT.XIII MAR.MDCCXLI.
Signed below bust: A.W. and G.E.
Legend around: FOECVNDITAS AVGVSTORVM PATRIAE FELICITAS - MDCCLVIIII.

Diameter: 59 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 99,5 grams

Domanig 1896 - 288 (90mm)

Article code: 15-0926

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Maria Theresia was Empress of Austria from 1740-1780, Franz ruled jointly with her from 1745-1765. Their son Joseph ruled jointly with his mother from 1765-1780, and by himself after her death in 1780 until 1790.
The inscription on the reverse 'The happiness of the country rests in the fertility of the Imperial couple' is a very applicable reference to the views of Empress Maria Theresia. In 1774 she wrote to her daughter Maria Beatrice of Modena "You can never have too many children. On that point I am greedy." Over a period of twenty year the Imperial couple became the parents of sixteen children of which thirteen reached adulthood.

This piece was struck in the Vienna mint in the 19th and 20th century for collectors.

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