Gold Military Merit Medal, Type I
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A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bust of Prince Elector Carl Theodor with the inscription “CARL. THEOD. PF. B. RH. H. I. B. CHVR FURST”. The medal is stamped “C.D.F” under the bust. The reverse bears the image of a crowned Bavarian lion with a shield and sword, encompassed by the inscription “DER TAPFERKEIT” (for bravery). On a loop for suspension with a black, white and light blue striped ribbon.
The Military Merit Medal was established by Karl Theodor, Prince Elector, Count Palatine, and Duke of Bavaria to recognise brave and extraordinary acts by members of the Bavarian Military.
The medal was the highest possible award for Non-Commissioned personnel in the Bavarian Military. It could be awarded to entire companies, squadrons, commanders, and volunteers.
If individuals already possessed the Gold Military Merit Medal they were awarded a gift of money. Recipients of the medals were granted allowances; recipients of the gold medal received a whole month's salary and recipients of the silver medal received a half month's salary.
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