Honour Medal for Home Service
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A smooth oval medal with a raised border, constructed of bronze. On top of the medal sits an immobile crown. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Carl Eduard with the circular inscription ‘CARL EDUARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA.’. 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’). At the bottom is the manufacturer’s signature ‘L. CHR. LAUER NUERNBERG’. On a loop for suspension, on a yellow ribbon with a broad black border, with black outer and green inner side stripes, the black ones twice as wide as the green ones.
The Honour Medal for Home Service was instituted by Duke Carl Eduard of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha on July 19, 1918. The decoration was awarded to persons, regardless of gender, rank, or status, who had performed meritorious service to further the war goals or support charitable efforts, or who had provided exceptional services towards the duke or dukedom during the war. The model for this medal was the Saxe-Weimar Honour Cross for Home Service, established on January 27, 1918.
The decoration was awarded with an accompanying document and did not have to be returned upon the recipient’s death. It was manufactured by L. Chr. Lauer in Nuremberg.
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