Saxe-Meiningen House Order Medals of Merit, Type VI, Military Division, in Gold
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of silver gilt. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Bernhard with the circular inscription ‘BERNHARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN MEININGEN’, with a small five-leaf rosette at the bottom. 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 a vertically hatched clasp with a raised border and the date ‘1914’. The clasp features crossed swords at the top and the silver content mark 'SILBER 990' on the lower left side.
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 Gold Medal may feature clasps on the ribbon reading "1914" and "1914" with swords.
Obv: BERNHARD HERZOG VON SACHSEN MEININGEN Rev: FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER
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