Bene Merenti Medal, Type V, Silver Medal (with swords, 1941)
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The Bene Merenti Medal was founded without statues by Prince Carl Anton in 1857, and was initially intended to reward meritorious achievements in the fields of art and science. It ranked between the Silver Merit Cross and the Golden Medal of Honour of the House Order.
The medal originally had a non-potable design, but in 1910, Kaiser Wilhelm II approved of the medal being made into a wearable award.
In around 1930, Prince Friedrich changed the form and grading of the Medal. The new medal was oval, featured a crown, and depicted Friedrich’s portrait on the obverse.
The Silver Medal (with swords) was conferred to recognize bravery in the face of the enemy.
Female recipients wore the medal on a bow ribbon.
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