Civil Merit Medal in Gold, Small, Type IV (1832-)

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  • Civil Merit Medal in Gold, Small, Type IV (1832-) Obverse
  • Civil Merit Medal in Gold, Small, Type IV (1832-) Reverse


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Physical Description

A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bust of Grand Duke Leopold, encompasses by a border with the inscription "LEOPOLD GROSHERZOG VON BADEN". The reverse bears the image of Badenia with a wreath in one hand and the other resting on a griffin. Encompassed by the inscription "DEM VERDIENST GEWIDMET VON FURST UND VATERLAND" (bestowed for merit by duke and fatherland). With a diameter of 32.5mm. Weighing 22 grams. With a horizontally elongated loop for suspension.


The Civil Merit Medal was introduced in 1769 under Margrave Carl Friedrich (Charles Frederick). It was conferred upon civil officers of lower 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 griffin.

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.

The Grand Duke to follow Ludwig I was Leopold. In March of 1831, a new stamp for the obverse of the medal was made by Ludwig Kachel. The reverse initially remained unchanged. However, variations of the obverse and reverse stamps were introduced during the following years, leading to numerous versions of slightly different obverses and reverses being mixed.


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    $3,500 USD

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    Ludwig Kachel, Karlsruhe

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    There are variations with a raised rim for the obverse and/or reverse inscription. Variations with the reverse inscription "FÜRST U. VAT...

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