Merit Medal, Type I, in Bronze
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of bronze. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Carl August. In the shoulder area is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘ANDRIEU F.’. The reverse features a wreath of oak leaves, tied at the bottom by a ribbon, with the inscription ‘CAROLVS AUGVSTVS MAGNVS DVX SAXONIAE’ (‘Carl August Grand Duke of Saxony’) in the centre. Initially, medals were not wearable. As of 1820, the medals featured a loop for suspension, on a red ribbon.
The Merit Medal, Type I was instituted by Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1814. It was awarded on the ribbon of the Order of the White Falcon and was reserved for general merit. The medal did not have to be returned after the recipient’s death, however, the family was not allowed to sell it. It could be returned to the Saxon order chancellery in exchange for the material cost.
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