Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type IV

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 02.HAN.0105.401.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3,200 USD

  • Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type IV Obverse
  • Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type IV Reverse
  • Gold Civil Merit Medal, Type IV Rim

Estimated market value:

$3,200 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Carl Büsch, Hannover; C.F. Rothe, Vienna
  • Composition
    Gold
  • Inscription
    Obv: ERNST AUGUST KOENIG VON HANNOVER Rev: VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND Rim: [RECIPIENT'S NAME]
  • Size
    36mm

Physical Description and Item Details


A circular medal constructed of gold. The obverse bears the bust of King Ernst August encompassed by the inscription "ERNST AUGUST KOENIG VON HANNOVER". The reverse bears the inscription "VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND" within an oak leaf wreath. The edge of the medal is inscribed with the recipient's name. On a loop for suspension, on a light blue ribbon.

History


The Civil Merit Medal was first established in 1815 by 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 Hannover. The Type IV Civil Merit Medal was issued in 1846 by King Ernst August of Hannover to publicly recognize and award exceptional civilian merit.

The Award 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 General Merit Medal in Silver.

Type IV features a portrait of King Ernst August with a larger head that the Type III (1841-1846) medals. Although the Type IV medals feature King Ernst Augusts’ portrait, they continued to be awarded under King George V until 1878.

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