A 1930 T.G. Masaryk-Bralsky Railway Tunnel Medal
A 1930 T.G. Masaryk-Bralsky Railway Tunnel Medal - Silver, maker marked "K" and marked "987" (silver), weighing 25.3 grams, obverse illustrating the railway tunnel's entrance with the countryside above, backed by a cluster of linden leaves, mason's compasses and square below, surrounded by the inscription "STAVBA DRAHY HANDLOVA - HORNIA ŠTUBNA" on the outer ring and "PROVADEJI INZENYRI KRULIS, JACHYMEK, SCHWARZ A SPOL." on the inner ring, reverse illustrating crossed hammers fronting a bow-tied ribbon, with the inscription "NA PAMET PRORAZEMI BRALU TUNELEM T.G. MASARYKA V JUB. ROCE JEHO 80. NAROZENIN 1930" below, 40.2 mm, edge nicks, bruised, better than very fine. Footnote: Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (March 7, 1850 to September 14, 1937) was a Czechoslovak politician, socialist and philosopher, who was an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during the First World War. He became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. He originally wished to reform the Austro-Hungarian monarchy into a democratic federal state, but during the First World War, he began to favour the abolition of the monarchy and, with the help of the Allied Powers, eventually succeeded. The T.G. Masaryk-Bralsky Railway Tunnel was completed in 1930, the same year that Masaryk celebrated his eightieth birthday, as noted on the medal's reverse.