Merit Cross "1849", Type III, Military Division, IV Class Cross


SKU: 02.AUT.0109.204.01.001

Estimated market value:

$140 USD

  • Type III, IV Class Cross Obverse
  • Type III, IV Class Cross Obverse
  • Type III, IV Class Cross Ring
  • Type III, IV Class Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$140 USD


  • Country
    Austria (Imperial)
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: FJ VIRIBUS UNITIS Rev: 1849
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

An Austrian Silver Cross of Merit

An Austrian Silver Cross of Merit - In silver and enamels, 38x41mm, with * mark on the ring, nice quality, extremely fine condition.


This cross was founded by Emperor Franz Joseph to replace the Civil Medals of Honour.

It was awarded to recognize Austrian citizens for faithfully supporting the monarchy and Austria, for long service in the civil realm, or to recognize exceptional civil service that improved public welfare.

The obverse inscription translates to "Strength through Unity".

The Type III crosses can be worn on red (peacetime) ribbon or a wartime ribbon. The wartime ribbon has one thick stripe of white and red along each exterior edge, and thin, alternating horizontal white and red stripes in the centre section.

From 1917-1918 the Type III the crosses could also be awarded with crossed swords on the wartime ribbon.


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