Erinnerungsmedaille an den Thronanspruch,
a.k.a. Denkmünze auf den erstrittenen Thronanspruch
Commemorative medal of throne claim
Instituted on October 25,
Demise of incapable Prince Alexander (Karl Alexander zur Lippe, 16.01.1831-13.01.1905) who left no heir apparent to the throne was followed by an inheritance dispute between two lines – Lippe-Biesterfeld presented by Count Leopold and Schaumburg-Lippe presented by Prince Adolph. The issue was taken to the Imperial Court in Leipzig, and according to its ruling of October 25, 1905, the throne of Lippe, one of the smallest member states of the German Empire, was handed over to the Lippe-Biesterfeld line that until that point had no territorial sovereignty.
Commemorative medal was issued to all those participating in the court ruling that allowed Leopold gain power. Design of the medal was elaborated by the Dresden-based medallist Richard Diller.
An obverse had profiles of the Royal couple, Princess Bertha (Bertha von Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, 25.10.1874-19.02.1919) and Prince Leopold facing left. Crucial date, “October 25,
A reverse showed traditional pentapetalous rose of Lippe flanked with two laurel branches. An inscription in capital letters “1897 Through Struggle to Victory
Commemorative medal was worn suspended from a
A circular medal made of gilt bronze was