Decoration for Art and Science, Type IV, Medal (1898-1906 version)
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A circular medal with a raised border, constructed of silver. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Alfred with the circular inscription ‘ALFRED HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG UND GOTHA’. Below the neck is the manufacturer’s signature ‘LAUER’. On the top right rim are silver content stamps in the shape of a crescent, a crown, and ‘0,990’. The reverse features an oak leaf wreath, tied at the bottom by a ribbon, with the inscription ‘FÜR KUNST UND WISSENSCHAFT’ (‘for art and science’) in the centre. On a loop for suspension, on a green ribbon with silver side stripes.
The Decoration for Art and Science was originally founded as the Medal for Civil Merit, which was primarily awarded to artists. The medal was established in three grades: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Both wearable and non-wearable medals were issued.
The Type IV decoration was redesigned by Duke Alfred on October 19, 1894.
The new Type IV decorations took the form of a cross and a medal. This decoration was the highest level of award conferred in recognition of extraordinary merits and achievements within the arts and sciences.
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