Duke Carl Eduard Medal, Type I, Small (in silver)
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A smooth circular medal with a raised border on the reverse, constructed of silver. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Carl Eduard with the circular inscription ‘CARL EDUARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA’. To the left of the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘MAX V. KAWACZYNSKI N. D. LEBEN’. The reverse features the personal coat of arms of the duke with a crown on top and the overarching inscription ‘FUER VERDIENST’ (‘for merit’). The shield is framed by two crowned lions. Behind the coat of arms is an oak tree, and below the coat of arms is a ribbon with the inscription ‘TREU UND BESTAENDIG’ (‘loyal and persistent’). The ribbon features the stamp cutter’s signature ‘V. KAWACZYNSKI BERLIN INV:FEC.’. On a loop for suspension, on a ribbon with a black left half and a yellow right half.
The Duke Carl Eduard Medal, Type I was instituted by Duke Carl Eduard of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha on August 6, 1905. It was awarded for those services that were not covered by the Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals or the Medals for Art and Science.
The medal was awarded with an accompanying document. No rank or class distinctions were made between the large and the small version. The medal had to be returned upon the recipient’s death.
The medal was awarded as a neck or buttonhole decoration. The duke reserved the right to award a version in gold in special cases, however, this never occurred.
The stamps were cut by Max von Kawaczynski, for which he received the 2nd Class Medal of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order.
The medal was manufactured by L. Chr. Lauer in Nuremberg.
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