Wilhelm Order, Grand Cross

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SKU: 01.HSK.0102.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$6000 USD

  • Grand Cross Obverse

Estimated market value:

$6000 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Silver/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: VIRTUTE ET FIDELITATE Rev: WK
  • Size
    62x101mm
  • Version Remarks
    The image of the Grand Cross is a scanned image from "Handbuch der Ritter und Verdienstorden” by Maximilian Gritzner. The book was published in 1893, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada-anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. The image is attributed to Wikipedia and Robert Prummel. It was released to the public under the GNU Free Documentation License.

History


This Order was instituted by Elector Friedrich Wilhelm I and was conferred in recognition of civil and military merit. Awards conferred for military merit featured crossed swords.

The Order assimilated the three lower grades of the House Order of the Golden Lion and also included a Grand Cross and an Inhaberkreuz.

The House Order of the Golden Lion and the Wilhelm Order feature a very similar obverse and reverse design. The main difference being that the lion featured on the obverse of the House Order of the Golden Lion has the back paw held higher than the front paw, while the lion featured on the obverse of the Wilhelm Order has both paws held at the same height.

The Grand Cross was conferred upon individuals with the rank of at least Lieutenant General.

63 Grand Crosses were awarded.

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