Gold Medal

These are the gold medals given to the officers of the 15th Light Dragoons by the Austrian Emperor Francis II. The two images at the top show the obverse and reverse sides of the medal struck for the eight officers of the regiment. It is 6 cm in diameter and weighs 4.35 oz. It was worn round the neck suspended from a large gold chain of the same weight.

The bottom images show another medal which was given to the NCOs. Eleven were struck. It is silver gilt and 3.8 cm in diameter, weighing 1 oz. It was minted in England. These medals were given in recognition of the tremendous effort shown by the regiment at Villiers-en-Couche, on the recommendation of the commander of the 2nd Leopold Hussars, Baron Andrew Szentkerestzy.

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