Civil Merit Medal in Silver, Small, Type I (1769)
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A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse bears the image of "Badenia" with a cornucopia. The top is inscribed with "GENIVS BADENS" and below the woman is "INST. MDCCLXIX". The reverse bears the inscription "VIRTVTIS NON PRAEMIVM SED TESSERA", inside that inscription is an oak leaf wreath. The center of the reverse bears a variety of personalized inscriptions. On a loop for suspension on a yellow ribbon.
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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