Civil Merit Medal in Silver, Type I (1798)
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A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse bears the bust of Margrave Carl Friedrich with the inscription "CAR. FRID. MARCH. BAD.". The reverse bears an oak leaf wreath tied with a ribbon at the bottom, encompassed by the inscription "DEM VERDIENST UM DAS VATERLAND". Weighing 23 grams.
The Civil Merit Medal was originally 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.
In 1796, a new stamp was created based on a medal that was introduced for the 50th anniversary of Margrave Carl Friedrich’s reign. The obverse featured the effigy of Carl Friedrich and the reverse was left blank, except for a wreath, so that the recipient’s details could be engraved.
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