Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

UNVEILING OF THE MARIA THERESA MONUMENT AT VIENNA

SCHARFF, Anton: Austria, 1888, Bronze, 63 mm
Obv: Bust of Maria Theresia    DER KAISERIN KONIGIN MARIA THERESIA
Rev: Monument with horses below    SEINER GROSSEN VORGANGERIN ERRICHTET VON FRANZ JOSEPH I. (The Monument Was Dedicated by Franz Joseph I in Honor of His Great Predecessor).
Exergue: ENTHULLT AM 13. MAI 1888 (Unveiled on May 13, 1888)
Signed: A. SCHARFF
Ref: Forrer V, p. 366; Wien. Med. Pl. X 169; Internat. Med. Exhibit. 217/3032;  Weiss BW210

Maria Theresa (1717-1780) was Archduchess of Austria and ruler of the Austrian Habsburg dominions from 1740 to 1780. She succeeded her father, Emperor Charles VI, by the Pragmatic Sanction, but was challenged by neighboring powers in the War of the Austrian Succession (1741-1748), losing Silesia to Prussia but securing the imperial title for her husband, Francis I. Her rule was generally benign and moderately reformist. After the death of Francis (1765) she ruled jointly with her son, Emperor Joseph II. (From Encyclopedia of World History.)

LINK to engraving and biography of Maria Theresa (from Wikipedia)

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