War Merit Decoration, I Class Medal (with crown, 1915-1917)

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SKU: 02.SXM.0108.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

  • I Class Medal (with crown, 1915-1917)  Obverse
  • I Class Medal (with crown, 1915-1917) Obverse
  • I Class Medal (with crown, 1915-1917) Reverse
  • I Class Medal (with crown, 1915-1917)  Reverse

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    A.Werner & Söhne, Berlin
  • Composition
    Bronze
  • Inscription
    Obv: B Rev: FÜR VERDIENST IM KRIEGE 1914/15
  • Size
    39.5x60mm

History


The War Merit Decoration was instituted by Duke Bernhard III on March 7, 1915. The Decoration was conferred upon combatants and non-combatants who demonstrated military merit during the First World War. The combatants who received the award included the members of the 2. Thüringische Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 32 and Nr. 95.

The award was established in two grades, a I Class Medal (with Crown) for Officers and a II Class Medal for Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks. The decorations for combatants and non-combatants were conferred on different ribbons.

The medals were originally produced in bronze but near the end of the war, they were produced in zinc due to material shortages.

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