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Object Name Medal
Title Austrian Bravery Medal, 1917-18
Description Austrian bravery medal awarded to Austrian (or allied nations') NCOs and privates.
Obverse: laurel wreath "FORTITVDINI" (Latin: "For Bravery")
Reverse: bust of Emperor Karl (or Charles), "CAROLVS D[EI] G[RATIA] IMP[ERATOR] AVST[RIAE] REX BOH[EMIAE] ETC. ET REX APOST[OLICVM] HVNG[VURIAE]" (Latin: Karl, by the Grace of God, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, etc., and Aposotolic King of Hungary.")
Bronze, 1.25 in. diameter. Originally issued with a red an white ribbon, now lost.
Karl I was the last emperor of Austria. He renounced his role in government (though refused to formally abdicate) November 11, 1918, the day of the armistace which ended the First World War and marked the defeat of Austria-Hungary.
Accession number 2010.0