Silver Civil Merit Medal, Type II

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SKU: 02.HAN.0105.202.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2,500 USD

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Estimated market value:

$2,500 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: WILHELM IV KONIG 1831 Rev: VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND Rim: [RECIPIENT'S NAME]
  • Size
    36mm

Physical Description and Item Details


A circular medal constructed of silver. 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.

History


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.

Type II features the portrait of King Wilhelm IV. The Silver Medal (1831-1841) is very rare.

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