Circular bronze medal with laterally-pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a head and shoulders portrait of Emperor Franz Joseph I facing right circumscribed ‘‘FRANC IOS. I. D. G. IMP. AUSTR REX BOH. ETC. AC AP REX HUNG.’ (Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia etc. Apostolic King of Hungary); the reverse with a central rectangular plaque inscribed ‘SIGNUM MEMORIAE’ (Token of Remembrance) within a wreath of laurel and oak and dated ‘MDCCCXLVIII - MDCCCXCVIII’ (1848 - 1898); very slight surface scratches; on possibly original correct trifold ribbon for the Armed Forces.
The Medal was issued to members of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces on 21 October 1898 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I.