Order of Military Merit of Charles Frederick , Knight (in gold)

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SKU: 01.BAD.0102.105.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3800-7000+ USD

  • Knight (in gold) Obverse
  • Knight (in gold) Reverse
  • Knight (in gold) Obverse Detail
  • Knight (in gold) Reverse Detail
  • Knight (in gold) Obverse

Estimated market value:

$3800-7000+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: CF FÜR BADENS EHRE Rev: FÜR BADENS EHRE
  • Size
    25x50mm; 15x16 (crown)
  • Version Remarks
    12 grams Early examples from the first half of the 19th century have a rounder crown.

History


The Order was instituted by Grand Duke Charles Frederick and it was originally restricted to Officers in recognition of distinguished military merit or an outstanding act of courage.

This Order originally featured three grades: Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight.

In 1807, the Military Merit Medals were added to the Order with gold and silver grades and the medals could be awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.

These Military Merit Medals were considered the highest military decoration awarded for bravery that could be conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men.

The Commander grade was divided into two separate grades in 1840, I Class Commander and II Class Commander.

The Crosses of the Order were originally composed of Gold, but following 1916, the crosses were predominately composed of Silver gilt.

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