Medal for Merit, Type II, in Gold (with older Prince portrait)
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This medal founded by Prince Alexander of Bulgaria, and it was conferred upon Non-Commissioned personnel and civilians in recognition of merit or gallantry in peacetime and wartime.
The medal was instituted as a complimentary award to the Order of Merit.
The reverse inscription always translates to “For Merit.”
It was awarded on a solid red ribbon for peacetime merit, and a blue ribbon with silver striped edges for wartime merit.
The Type II medals were issued three times.
The medals issued first feature the young, beardless portrait of Prince Ferdiand I of Bulgaria on the obverse, and the obverse inscription translates to “Ferdinand I Prince of Bulgaria.”
The medals issued second feature the older bearded portrait of Prince Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, an obverse inscription that translates to “Ferdinand I Prince of Bulgaria,” and may or may not feature a surmounting royal Crown with dropping or flying pendilia or be stamped by "A.SCHARFF".
The medals issued last feature the elder bearded portrait of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, an obverse inscription that translates to “Ferdinand I Tsar of Bulgarians,” and may or may not feature a surmounting royal Crown with flying pendilia or be stamped by “P.TELGE”.
The Gold Medal was only awarded to high ranking Ministers and Officials that were already recipients of a I Class Bulgarian Order award.
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