Medal: Germany (Prussia) 'Hero Emperor' Heldenkaiser Wilhelm I  1887
Medal: Germany (Prussia) 'Hero Emperor' Heldenkaiser Wilhelm I 1887

When Wilhelm I was only a boy, he was appointed as an officer in the Prussian army. That was 1807. Eighty years later (80-jahriges), in 1887, he is honored in this medal as a 'hero emperor' (heldenkaiser). The formal reign of Wilhelm I started in 1871 and lasted until his death in 1888. Wilhelm's leadership, with his Minister President Otto von Bismarck, achieved the unification of Germany and the establishment of the German Empire.

This diamond-shaped bronze medallion, often called a clip (klippe) shape, has a hole at the top for carrying and display.

The medal in our picture comes from Dr. Claus Hild in Bocholt, Germany, where it is on sale for 45 euros (about $50 US dollars), a good price for this nice-looking piece. If you have one for sale, figure a reputable dealer like Dr. Hild would offer about one-half that amount to buy it from you. The 100 percent margin is typical for coin dealers. They use the margin to keep their dealerships solvent.

As always, coin values depend on condition. A damaged medal would be worth about zero, while one in pristine condition would be worth about twice Dr. Hild's.

CoinQuest thanks Dr. Hild for use of his photo. It is a nice one!

Coin: 19655 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Daddioholmes, Tue, 28-Jul-2015 04:19:45 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 28-Jul-2015 13:48:08 GMT
Requester description: 1887 1807 Side one with the bust. - There is some type of ivy or holly as it appears there are berries at varios locations on the vine that is bowed together at the 6'o'clock position and encircles the bust. There are like flowerettes (such a word?) at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions and between the wording that i used an asterick shown on the wording part above. Four leaves around an round center.

Side two - A wreath encircles the numbers and there are what appear to be crowns at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock between the wording and the wreath. There is a circle of dots that surround the dates and the wreath completely encircling it. Duet? side one: Wilhelm *1 Deut * Kaiser * Preussen * Von * Konig (reading counter clockwise from left of bust at point of square)
Side two: A.D. 80 Jahrige * Dienstjubilaum * D.Heldenkaisers * Z. Erinnefung. In the middle of the coin is 1807 top and 1887 centered below it. the bad appears someone drilled or punched a small 1/8' hole at the 12 o'clock position to wear like a medallion...which is what it could be. Anyway. That is what I know, I hope you can help me out. I have a whole box of coins left to me from Europe from 1800's to late 1940's.

If you were to take a square and rotate it so that you have corners of the square pointing at 12, 3, 6,and 9 o'clock. I started the wording from the 9 o'clock position.
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Thank you!! I feel much better about the hole now!! ... thought I had stumped you ... great job! - Daddioholmes
MA-Shops is an amazing site full of great coin dealers. Searching their inventory listings is one method we use to find obscure pieces like yours. There is not much they do not have in stock! Thanks for your complement and interest in CoinQuest. Happy collecting! - CoinQuest (Paul)




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