Merit Medal, Type IV, Military Division, in Silver
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of bronze. The obverse features the left-facing portrait of an older Grand Duke Carl Alexander with the circular inscription ‘CARL ALEXANDER GROSSHERZOG VON SACHSEN’. Below the neck is the stamp cutter’s signature ‘HELFRICHT F.’. The reverse features a wreath of oak leaves, cross-tied at the top and bottom by a ribbon, with the inscription ‘DEM VERDIENSTE 1870’ (‘for merit’) in the centre. On a loop for suspension, on a black ribbon with a yellow inner and green outer border on each side. The ribbon features a cut-out clasp with two crossed swords.
The Merit Medal was originally instituted by Grand Duke Charles Augustus, and it was awarded in recognition of distinguished civil service to the grand duchy.
The Type IV medals were redesigned by Grand Duke Carl Alexander and featured his senior portrait on the obverse.
The Type IV Silver Medals were also awarded for civil merit during the war of 1870.
The Silver Medals awarded for merit in the war of 1870 feature a different reverse inscription, reading "DEM VERDIENSTE 1870", and may feature a crossed swords clasp on the ribbon.
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