Iron Cross, Model II, II Class

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  • II Class Cross Obverse
  • II Class Cross Obverse
  • II Class Cross Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    March 10, 1813
  • remarks
    There is a great deal of variation within the types of the Decoration. Small variations in design exist because of different manufacturers. The following variables may be encountered: size; composition; manufacturer; medallion; inscription punctuation; surmounting crown or wreath; enamelled wreath; suspension.

History


The Iron Cross was a military decoration founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and it was awarded for acts of heroism, bravery and exemplary leadership.

The Cross was primarily a military decoration, yet on numerous occasions it was awarded to civilians for services rendered to the military.

The design of the Cross was inspired by the Cross pattée, which was used as a symbol of the Teutonic Order, as well as the Prussian Army from 1871 to 1918.

The Order consisted of three grades, I Class Cross, II Class Cross and Grand Cross. The I and II Class are largely the same in size and composition. The Grand Cross was double the size of the former.

The I and II Class Crosses were worn on the left breast, and the Grand Cross was worn suspended from the neck.

The Cross was first awarded in recognition of exemplary military and civil service during the Napoleonic Wars.

Model II of the Decoration was awarded during the Franco-Prussian War (1870).

Model III of the Decoration was awarded during the First World War (1914), and subsequent versions were awarded during World War II and featured a swastika in the center of the obverse.

Some versions of the II Class Cross have oak leaves and jubilee number "25" attached to the

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Versions

  • Price

    $600+ USD

  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    41-42x42-42.5mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $550+ USD

  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: W 1870 Rev: FW 1813

  • Size

    42x42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $500+ USD

  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: W 1870 Rev: FW 1813

  • Size

    43.5x48mm

  • Maker

    Godet, Berlin

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $5900 USD

  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Gold/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: W 1870 Rev: FW 1813

  • Size

    42x42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version was previously broached as a first class award.

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  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: W 1870 Rev: FW 1813

  • Size

    42x42mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The lower half of this Cross is silver in colour.

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  • Price

    $1750 USD

  • Composition

    Blackened Iron/Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: W 1870 Rev: FW 1813

  • Size

    35mm

  • Maker

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