Medal for Art and Science, Type II, in Gold with Crown
Image courtesy of Ludwig. J. Trost, "Die Ritter- und Verdienst-Orden, Ehrenzeichen und Medaillen aller Souveräne und Staaten"
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A smooth circular medal with a raised border, constructed of silver gilt. On top of the medal sits a mobile crown. The obverse of the medal features the left-facing portrait of Duke Ernst with the circular inscription ‘ERNST HERZOG ZU SACHSEN-ALTENBURG’. Compared to the Type I medals, these medals feature a portrait of Duke Ernst with a less pronounced beard. Below the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘HELFRICHT F.’. The reverse features a laurel wreath tied by a ribbon at the bottom, with the inscription ‘DEM VERDIENSTE UM KUNST UND WISSENSCHAFT‘ in the centre. To the right of the eyelet is the silver content stamp ‘SILBER 0,990’. On a loop for suspension, on a green ribbon with silver side stripes.
The Medal for Art and Science was introduced on December 30, 1874 by Duke Ernst I. The medal was awarded in recognition of extraordinary achievements and exceptional service within the fields of art and science.
The medal was established in four grades, Gold Medal with Crown, Gold Medal, Silver Medal with Crown, and Silver Medal.
The Type I and Type II medals feature the left-facing portrait of Duke Ernst I. The Type II medals feature the hallmark "990, SILVER" or "990 SILVER".
Obv: ERNST HERZOG ZU SACHSEN ALTENBURG Rev: DEM VERDIENSTE UM KUNST UND WISSENSCHAFT
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