Order of the Lion of Bavaria, Cross (in bronze gilt)
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The Order of the Lion of Bavaria was established in 1768 by Charles IV Theodore, Elector Palatine to commemorate his 25th year of rule. The Order was originally called the Order of the Palatine Lion, but it was renamed in 1778 after the Palatinate-Sulzbach branch of the Wittelsbach House inherited the Duchy of Bavaria.
The number of Knights in the Order at a time is limited to 25, including the Head of the Order.
Originally, recipients of the Order were to have served the Wittelsbach House for 25 years.
In 1808, the Order was declared extinct by Maximilian I and no further awards were issued.
The Crosses made from gold are very rare.
The inscription on the reverse may say "INSTITUT.1768 AN." OR "INSTITU. AN 1768."
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