Merit Medal in Gold, Type I
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The Merit Medal was founded by Prince Adolf Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe and Prince Paul Friedrich Emil Leopold of Lippe, and was conferred upon individuals who rendered meritorious services to Princely House.
The Type I medals do not feature a surmounting crown.
The medal was awarded until 1877.
Some sources falsely claim that the medal was composed of silver gilt and was awarded until 1893.
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