Civil Merit Medal in Silver, Large, Type I (1769)

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SKU: 02.BAD.0101.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$5850 USD

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Estimated market value:

$5850 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Johann Jacob Hauter
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: GENIVS BADENS. INST. MDCCLXIX Rev: VIRTVTIS NON PRAEMIVM SED TESSERA
  • Size
    44mm
  • Version Remarks
    30.3 grams The obverse is stamped with the maker mark I. H. (Johann Jacob Hauter).

History


The Civil Merit Medal was introduced in 1769 under Margrave Carl Friedrich (Charles Frederick) and it was conferred upon civil officers of lowly rank who rendered long and faithful service. It was also awarded to private citizens who distinguished themselves in the arts or industry, as well as to individuals who provided assistance in life threatening situations.

Initially, the medal was not meant to be worn. This changed towards the end of the 18th century.

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