Princely Honour Cross, Civil Division, Silver Merit Medal (1885-1902)

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SKU: 01.REU.0101.107.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

  • Silver Merit Medal (1885-1902) Obverse
  • Silver Merit Medal (1885-1902) Obverse
  • Silver Merit Medal (1885-1902) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: H R Rev: FÜR VERDIENST
  • Size
    32mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/reuss/reuss-principality-a-first-war-reuss-merit-medal

History


The Decoration was founded by Prince Heinrich XIV on 24 May, 1869, and was conferred upon individuals who rendered outstanding service to the Prince and Principality of Reuss-Gera. The Order could be conferred upon both citizens of Reuss-Gera, as well as foreigners.

The Order was originally established for Reuss-Gera (Reuss Younger Line), but following the death of Prince Heinrich XXII of Reuss-Greiz (Reuss Elder Line) in 1902, it was extended to include Reuss-Greiz.

In 1885, a surmounting crown was added to the I Class Cross, and starting in 1909, all Decorations could be awarded with a surmounting crown to indicate special merit. At the same time, the Silver Merit Medal was also added to the Order.

In 1897, the Gold Merit Medal was added to the Order.

Beginning in 1909, the Decorations conferred for military service were awarded with crossed swords through the centre of the cross, or on the ring above the decoration.

After 1909, the crown and crossed swords attributes could both be present on one decoration.

In 1915, a war ribbon was added to the Order. Awards with or without swords could be conferred on the ribbon.

When the Honor Cross became a joint Order in 1902, the obverse of the Silver Medal was slightly altered.

The Silver Merit Medal was conferred up individuals with the rank of Feldwebel (Senior NCO rank), Vizefeldwebel and Non-Commissioned Officer. It was also awarded to military personnel and military officials of a similar rank.

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