Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze)

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 02.HAM.0101.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$50 USD

  • Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze) Obverse
  • Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze) Obverse
  • Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze) Reverse
  • Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze) Obverse
  • Hanseatic Cross (in silvered bronze) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$50 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silvered Bronze/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: FÜR VERDIENST IM KRIEGE 1914
  • Size
    40x44mm
  • Version Remarks
    This version is constructed of silvered bronze.
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/auctions/germany-imperial-a-hamburg-hanseatic-cross

Physical Description and Item Details


A Leopold cross constructed of enamels and silvered bronze. The arms of the cross are in red enamel. The obverse bears a circular medallion in the center with the silvered coat of arms of Hamburg. The reverse center bears a circular medallion with the inscription “FÜR VERDIENSTE IM KRIEGE 1914”. The reverse arms are pebbled. On a loop for suspension, with a red and white striped ribbon.

History


The Hanseatic Cross was established by the Senate of Hamburg, in collaboration with the Hanseatic cities of Bremen and Lübeck. on September 10, 1915. The cross was conferred upon citizens of Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck in recognition of meritorious service throughout the First World War (1914-1918), regardless of rank or status. The cross was the three cities’ equivalent to the Prussian Iron Cross when it was conferred for bravery and combat merit. It could be awarded to nurses for voluntary service during wartime. The shape of the cross is consistent between Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck, but each city's cross features a different obverse image. The Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg was awarded 50,000 times.

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