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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Circular silver medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the portrait in relief of King Carl XV facing right, circumscribed ‘CARL XV SVERIGES NORR. GOTH O. VEND. KONUNG’ (Carl XV King of Sweden, Norrland, Gothland and Vendland), signed ‘LEA AHLBORN’ (for the famous female Swedish artist, 1826-1897); the reverse inscribed ‘FÖR TROHT OCH FLIT’ (for Fidelity and Diligence) within an oak wreath, circumscribed below ‘AF KONGL•SÄLISKAPET PRO PATRIA’ (From the Royal Pro Patria Society); attributed on the edge (as far as we can read the script) to ‘Kläeles wüfruven Georg Henrik Fredrik Hasfellbaels, 1863’; diameter 33.92mm (1.33 inches); age-toned, some surface wear and an edge knock to the lower left of the reverse; on replaced correct ribbon. The Swedish Royal Pro Patria Society (Svenska Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) is a charitable organisation established in 1766 whose early work was in the relief of hunger following poor harvests. On 1 November 1799 the Society was granted the prefix ‘Royal’ and on 12 July 1803 it was granted the right to distribute medals that might be worn publicly. For many years the Society provided natal medical facilities before these were subsumed into state hospitals. We are grateful to a knowledgeable friend in Sweden for help in researching this rare early medal.

 
Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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Royal Pro Patria Society (Kungliga Sällskapet Pro Patria) Silver Medal for Fidelity and Diligence, Carl XV, attributed in 1863
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