Order of Ludwig, Silver Medal (1850-1889, for faithful service)
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The Order was founded by Grand Duke Ludwig I on August 25, 1807, as an Order without a name or Statues. It was not until December 14, 1837, that Statues were adopted and the Order was given a formal title. The Order was divided into five classes including Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, I Class Knight and II Class Knight.
The Order was primarily conferred upon individuals in recognition of civil merit, but following the outbreak of the First World War, it also became an award for military merit. Awards conferred for military merit featured crossed swords.
The Order grades were conferred with diamonds to recognize exceptional merit.
The Silver and Gold Medals were added as Order grades on September 25, 1853.
The Order became obsolete in 1918, following the abdication of the last Grand Duke of Hesse.
The Silver Medals (1849-1889) feature the portrait of Ludwig III on the obverse.
The Silver Medals (1889-1894) feature the portrait of Ludwig IV on the obverse.
The Silver Medals (1894-1918) feature the portrait of Ernst Ludwig on the obverse.
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