Dukely Order of Henry the Lion, I Class Honour Medal (in silver gilt)

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SKU: 01.BRU.0102.301.01.001

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

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Estimated market value:

$100 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: W Rev: IMMOTA FIDES
  • Size
    31mm
  • Version Remarks
    This version is constructed of silver gilt and was first introduced in 1908.

Physical Description and Item Details


A circular medal constructed of silver gilt. The obverse bears the crowned cipher "W" encompassed by an open ended oak leaf wreath. The reverse bears the inscription "IMMOTA FIDES" with a six pointed star above and two oak sprigs below. On a loop for suspension on a red ribbon with yellow stripes. Weighing 14.4 grams.

History


The Dukely Order of Henry the Lion was founded by Duke Wilhelm of Brunswick on April 25, 1834. The order was conferred upon individuals who distinguished themselves by rending meritorious military or civil service. Civil service included outstanding work in the fields of Art and Science. The conferral of the award was not dependent on an individual’s class or rank. The grand mastery was linked to the government of the duchy and the oldest voting member of the ducal state ministry acted as chancellor. Decorations had to be returned upon the death of the recipient. During the Franco-German War in 1870, crossed swords were added to all war merit awards. In 1877, the Knight class was split into I Class Knight and II Class Knight. In 1908, on the commemoration day of Duke Wilhelm's birthday, the order was redesigned with the addition of a first class between the Grand Cross and the Commander Cross, as well as an Officer Cross between the Commander Cross and I Class Knight Cross. The Dukely Order of Henry the Lion was conferred from 1834 to 1918.

The I Class Honour Medal was awarded from 1903 to 1918. A total of 1804 I Class Honour Medals were awarded.

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