General Honour Medal, Type IV, Cross (in silver gilt)

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SKU: 02.PRU.0114.101.01.001

Estimated market value:

$150+ USD

  • Type IV, Cross (in silver gilt)
  • Type IV, Cross (in silver gilt)
  • Type IV, Cross (in silver gilt)
  • Type IV, Cross (in silver gilt)

Estimated market value:

$150+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: WR 1900 Rev: VERDIENST UM DEN STAAT
  • Size
    40x43mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/prussia/medals/other-awards-medals/prussia-a-1900-1918-issue-general-honour-cross

Physical Description and Item Details


A 1900-1918 issue Prussian General Honour Cross (Kreuz des Allgemeinen Ehrenzeichens); a silver cross; the obverse woith a royal monogram of Wilhelmus Rex, dated 1900; the the reverse inscribed “Verdienste um den Staat” (German - Services for the State), surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and berries; on a double loop suspension; with its period original ribbon; measuring 39.83 mm x 43.95 mm; weighing 14.8 grams; in overall very fine condition.


History


The Medal was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III and it was conferred in recognition of long and distinguished service, as well as for special services rendered by individuals who could not be appointed for an order due to their lowly rank.

The Award was largely awarded to lower and mid-level officers and officials.

The Decoration originally consisted of a I Class Medal in Gold, and a II Class Medal in silver. However, the gold medal was discontinued and replaced by a silver cross in 1814.

In 1830, the silver cross became the fourth class award of the Order of the Red Eagle.

In 1890, a gold medal was introduced, but in 1900, it was replaced by the Cross of Honour.

In 1912, a III Class Medal composed on bronze was established.

The Medal was discontinued following the end of the German Empire in 1918.

This decoration is identical to the Military Merit Decoration awarded from 1806 to 1814, but it was worn on a ribbon with a white central section, two thick red stripes, and two thin white stripes.

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