This is a REALLY ornate medallion! Just look at the engraving! On the back it says: "IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS" From the "STATE OF THE GREAT DUCHY OF HESSE" This medallion is large (approx. 80 mm in diameter) and heavy. It is made from solid Bronze. I have lightened the front & back up with my computer, so you could read the writing. It is much darker than this. CLICK THE IMAGES TO SEE THEM BETTER.