Ladies Merit Cross Gold Cross (in Gold)

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SKU: 02.PRU.0126.101.01.000

  • Ladies Merit Cross Gold Cross (in Gold) Obverse
  • Ladies Merit Cross Gold Cross (in Gold) Obverse

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Gebrüder Friedländer, Berlin
  • Composition
    Gold
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR VERDIENST AV
  • Size
    39x55mm
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Ladies Merit Cross Gold Cross Main Details, in Gold is attributed to Robert Prummel at Wikipedia and is used in the public domain. See the following page for more information: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Frauenverdienstkreuz_Pruisen_Goud.jpg and https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Het_Pruisische_Frauenverdienstkreuz_in_Goud_aan_strik..jpg

History


The Cross was instituted by King Wilhelm III in 1892, as a two-class Order to reward award women who selflessly dedicated their time to charity work, or performed meritorious service in fields related to social welfare or religion.

In order to receive the Gold Cross, a woman had to have held the II Class Award, the Silver Cross, for at least 10 years. In special cases, this requirement was overlooked.

Despite the establishment date of 1892, the Cross was not incorporated into the Prussian honour system until 1907.

The Crosses feature two different crows, the Empress crown for non-Prussian recipients, and the Royal crown for Prussian recipients.

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