Decoration for Art and Science, Type V, Pin 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. The reverse features a vertical pinback.
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 extraordinarily rare.
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