Circular gilt bronze medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a portrait of Miloš Obilic in armour wearing a winged helmet and inscribed ‘MILOS OBILIC’ in Cyrillic script; the reverse with a cross pattée alisée with crossed swords between the arms and a circular central medallion inscribed ‘FOR BRAVERY’ in Cyrillic script within a laurel wreath; slight surface wear; diameter 35.8mm (1.41 inches); on probably original age-faded trifold ribbon.
The Medal was instituted on 12 July 1913 and awarded to officers for acts of bravery on the field of battle in the short war with Bulgaria. It continued to be awarded during World War I.
Miloš Obilic, son-in-law of the medieval Serbian King Lazar, killed the invading Ottoman Sultan Murad I in his tent on 15 June 1389 during the crucial Battle of Kosovo. Murad’s son, Beyazid I, later had all Serb prisoners, including Obilic, killed. During the nearly five hundred years of Ottoman occupation that followed, Obilic’s self-sacrifice in the cause of Serbia achieved near-mythical heroic status.
The Medal was made by Arthus Bertrand of Paris and Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland and, after 1918, in Belgrade, Zagreb and Varaždin.