Civil Honour Cross, Senior Line, I Class Gold Cross (1858-1918)

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 02.REU.0108.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$500+ USD

  • I Class Gold Cross (1858-1918) Obverse
  • I Class Gold Cross (1858-1918) Obverse
  • I Class Gold Cross (1858-1918) Reverse
  • I Class Gold Cross (1858-1918) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$500+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    G.A. Scharffenberg, Dresden
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR TREUE DIENSTE Rev: FR XX
  • Size
    30x34.5mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/reuss/a-gold-merit-cross-1st-class-g11373

Physical Description and Item Details


A Gold Merit Cross 1st Class - Merit Cross 1st. Class, in Gold and enamels, 30.4mm(width) x 34.4mm(height), of excellent quality manufacture (solid gold cross), unmarked, very tiny enamel chipping to the center, circa 1880’s, in extremely fine condition and very rare. (OEK 2032).

History


The Cross was instituted by Prince Heinrich XX (Senior Line) and was conferred in recognition of exceptional long-term service within a field of labour or in a civil service position.

In 1902, the name of the Cross was changed to the "Merit Cross."

The Senior Line crosses were worn on a dark blue ribbon, two large red stripes along each exterior edge.

The I Class Gold Cross was strictly conferred upon high-ranking court officials.

There were only three examples of the I Class Gold Cross (with diamonds) awarded.

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