Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type III, Military Division, in Silver
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A smooth circular medal, constructed of silver. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Carl Eduard with the circular inscription ‘CARL EDUARD HERZOG V SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA’ with a small six-sided star at the bottom. To the left of the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘MvK’ for Max von Kawaczynski. On the right side of the eyelet is the silver content stamp ‘SILBER 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 five-leaf rosette at the bottom. On a loop for suspension, on a purple ribbon with green side stripes. The ribbon features crossed silver swords.
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 III Silver Medals may also feature a crossed swords clasp on the ribbon.
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