Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type I
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A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bust of Prince Regent George encompassed by the inscription "GEORG PRINZ REGENT 1815". The reverse bears the inscription "VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND" within a laurel wreath. The edge of the medal varies with the inscription of the recipient's name. On a horizontally elongated loop for suspension, on a light blue ribbon.
The Civil Merit Medal was established in 1815 by Prince Regent George (later King George IV of Great Britain and Hanover) in the name of his father, King George III of Great Britain and Hanover. The Civil Merit Medal was established to publicly recognize and award exceptional civilian merit. The medal was issued in two grades: Silver and Gold. Medals were engraved with the name of the recipient on the rim. The stamp of the medal was produced by William Wyon, London.
The Gold Medal was conferred in recognition of particularly outstanding achievements. In order to receive the Gold Medal, an individual had to have first received the Silver Medal.
Type I medals feature the portrait of the Prince Regent George.
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