Karl Theodore, 1839-1909, was a duke from the Bavarian royal family. His younger sister Elizabeth became the empress of Austria-Hungary. After a distinguished military career, he went on to study medicine and received his MD degree at 41 years of age. He founded an eye clinic in Munich, Germany, specializing in eye disease. This clinic is still in existence.
This medal was struck in 1909 in honor of his 70th birthday, by Karl Goetz. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts a bust of Theodore facing left. The reverse (Figure 2) depicts a spray of laurel over a 6-line inscription.
A look at the past . . .. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(5):792. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.5.792