Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type II, Military Division, in Gold
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A smooth circular medal with a raised border, constructed of silver gilt. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Alfred with the circular inscription ‘ALFRED HERZOG ZU SACHSEN COBURG UND GOTHA’ with a small six-sided star at the bottom. The border features the manufacturer’s signature ‘LAUER’. To the right of the eyelet is a silver content stamp in the form of a crescent, a crown, and the number ‘0,990’. The reverse features the reverse of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order, with the circular inscription ‘FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER’ (‘faithful and steadfast’), with a small six-sided star at the bottom. On a loop for suspension, on a purple ribbon with green side stripes.
The ribbon features a vertically hatched clasp with a raised border. The clasp features crossed swords at the top.
The House Order was jointly founded by Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Duke Bernhard Erich II of Saxe-Meiningen to commemorate their shared ancestor Duke Ernest of Saxony-Gotha.
The House Order Medals of Merit were primarily awarded to civil servants and members of the founding families in recognition of loyalty and exceptional services rendered to the houses, but it was also conferred upon foreigners and citizens of the founding duchies.
The Type II Gold Medals may also feature a clasp on the ribbon, including "1901/1902" with crossed swords.
Obv: ERNST HERZOG VON SACHSEN COBURG UND GOTHA Rev: FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER
Only one was awarded.
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