Silver Civil Merit Medal, Type II
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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.
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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