Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type IV, Civil Division, in Gold (in silver gilt)

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SKU: 01.SXC.0104.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

  • Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type IV, Civil Division, in Gold (in silver gilt)
  • Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type IV, Civil Division, in Gold (in silver gilt)
  • Saxe-Ernestine House Order Medals of Merit, Type IV, Civil Division, in Gold (in silver gilt) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$100 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: CARL EDUARD HERZOG V SACHSEN COBURG U GOTHA Rev: FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER
  • Size
    30mm

Physical Description and Item Details


Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchy. A House Order Merit Medal

(Verdienstmedaille des Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausorden). Instituted 25 December 1833 by Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Duke Bernhard II of Saxe-Meiningen. (1908-1918 issue). Constructed of silver, on loop for suspension from its period original ribbon, the obverse with a rightward-facing profile of Carl Eduard circumscribed by name and title, the reverse with a central Saxon coat of arms on top of a Cross Pattée, circumscribed by order motto “FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER” (“FAITHFULLY AND STEADFASTLY”), unmarked, measuring 30.21 mm in diameter, weighing 18.3 grams (inclusive of ribbon), in near extremely fine condition.

History


This 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 IV Gold Medals may have also featured clasps on the ribbon including, "1916", "1917", "1918", "1914" with swords, "1914/5" with swords, "1914/6" with swords, "1914/7" with swords, "1914/8" with swords, "1914/18" with swords, and "1918" with swords.

There may be versions of the Type IV Gold Medal composed of Bronze gilt.

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