Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type II
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A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears bust of King Wilhelm IV, encompassed by the inscription "WILHELM IV KONIG 1831". The reverse bears the inscription "VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND" within a laurel wreath. The edge of the medal is inscribed with 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 Type II Medal was issued in 1831. It was issued in two grades, Silver and Gold.
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 II features the portrait of King Wilhelm IV. The Gold Medal (1831-1841) is very rare.
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