General Honour Decoration, Type I (for bravery)
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A circular medal with a raised border, constructed of silver. The obverse features the left-facing portrait of Grand Duke Ludwig III with the circular inscription ‘LUDWIG III GROSHERZOG VON HESSEN’. Below the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘C. VOIGT’. The reverse features a wreath of laurel on the left and oak leaves on the right, tied at the bottom by a ribbon, with the inscription ‘FÜR TAPFERKEIT’ in the centre. On a loop for suspension, on a blue ribbon with red borders.
The General Honour Decoration was established by Grand Duke Ludwig II on September 25, 1843, but was never awarded before his death in 1848. His son, Ludwig III created statutes for the medal on November 14, 1849.
The Medal was conferred upon individuals for outstanding civil merit, praiseworthy actions, and extraordinary accomplishments.
The medals feature a variety of obverse inscriptions.
The Type I medals feature the portrait of Ludwig III on the obverse.
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