Civil Merit Medal in Gold, Small, Type III (1824-1830)
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A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bust of a young Duke Ludwig I with the inscription "LUDWIG GROSHERZOG VON BADEN". The reverse bears the image of Badenia holding a wreath in one hand and the other on a griffin, with the inscription "DEM VERDIENST GEWIDMET V. FURST U. VATERLAND.". On an elongated loop for suspension. With a diameter of 32mm. Weighing 20.5 grams. On the obverse, the medals contain a maker mark "DOELL F." (Doell fecit = made by Doell). On the reverse, they contain a maker mark "D".
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.
Since 1810, the reverse shows the female patron of Baden, the “Badenia”, holding a laurel wreath in one hand and resting her other hand on a gryphon.
In 1811, Margrave Carl Friedrich was succeeded by his grandson, Grand Duke Carl I. The Civil Merit Medal continued to be awarded with the portrait of Margrave Carl Friedrich until 1817, when a decoration with the effigy of Grand Duke Carl I was introduced.
With the death of Carl I in 1818, Grand Duke Ludwig I followed him to the throne. On February 18, 1819, Ludwig commissioned medallist C. W. Doell to create a new obverse stamp.
In 1828, yet another obverse stamp was created by Ludwig Kachel, Karlsruhe, with a portrait of an older Grand Duke Ludwig I.
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