1914, Kingdom of Saxony, Frederick August III. Large Silver 5 Mark Coin. AU/UNC!
Mint Year: 1914 Reference: KM-1266. Denomination: 5 Mark Condition: Bag-marks in obverse, otherwise a nice AU+ with UNCirculated reversewith crisp details! Material: Silver (.900) Weight: 27,73gm Diameter: 38mm
Obverse: Head of Frederick August III, as King of Saxony right. Legend: FRIEDRICH AUGUST KÃ–NIG V. SACHSEN / E Reverse: Crown of the German Empire above heraldic eagle of Germany with prussian shield at chest and star order. Legend: DEUTSCHES REICH 1914 * FÜNF MARK *
Frederick Augustus III (German: Friedrich August III.); (25 May 1865 in Dresden - 18 February 1932 in Sibyllenort) was the last King of Saxony (1904-1918) and a member of the House of Wettin.
Born in Dresden, Frederick Augustus was the son of King George of Saxony (1832-1904) and his wife Maria Anna, Infanta of Portugal (1843-1884).
He was an older brother of Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony. His maternal first cousins included (among others) Carlos I of Portugal, Infante Afonso, Duke of Porto, Prince Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Ferdinand I of Romania.
Frederick Augustus served in the Royal Saxon Army before becoming king, and later was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. He abdicated as king on 13 November 1918, after the defeat of the German Empire in World War I. He died in Sibyllenort (now Szczodre) in Lower Silesia and was buried in Dresden.
Frederick Augustus entered the Royal Saxon Army in 1877 as a second lieutenant, despite being only twelve years old. Given his royal status, he advanced rapidly through the ranks. He served initially with the Royal Saxon 1. (Leib-) Grenadier Regiment Nr. 100. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1883, captain in 1887, major in 1889 and lieutenant colonel in 1891. By 1891, he was commander of the 1st Battalion of SchÃ¼tzen (FÃ¼silier)-Regiment Nr. 108. He was promoted to colonel on 22 September 1892 and took command of the SchÃ¼tzen (FÃ¼silier)-Regiment Nr. 108 on the same day. On 20 September 1894, the 29-year old prince was promoted to Generalmajor and given command of the 1st Royal Saxon Infantry Brigade Nr. 45 (Saxon higher units usually bore two numbers: one their Saxon Army number and the other their number in the Prussian Army order of battle). On 22 May 1898, he was promoted to Generalleutnant and given command of the 1st Royal Saxon Infantry Division Nr. 23. He commanded this division until 26 August 1902, when he took command of the XII (1st Royal Saxon) Corps. He was promoted to General der Infanterie one month later, on 24 September. He remained in command of the corps until October 1904, when he became king. His formal military career ended with his accession to the throne, but he was promoted subsequently to Generaloberst and then to Generalfeldmarschall (on 9 September 1912).
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