Decoration for Art and Science, Type V, Cross with Crown
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A Maltese cross with pebbled arms and a raised smooth border, constructed of silver gilt and enamel. On top of the 12 o’clock arm sits an immobile crown. Between the cross arms is a rue wreath in green enamel and silver borders. The obverse centre medallion features the right-facing portrait of Duke Carl Eduard with the circular inscription ‘CARL EDUARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA’. The medallion has no border. The reverse is similar, except that the wreath is not enamelled, and the medallion 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 V decoration was redesigned by Duke Carl Edward in 1905.
The new Type V 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.
Obv: CARL EDUARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA Rev: FÜR KUNST UND WISSENSCHAFT
This award is rare.
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