Long Service Decoration, Type III, III Class Medal for 9 Years

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SKU: 02.SXK.0113.103.01.000

Estimated market value:

$10+ USD

  • Long Service Decoration, Type III, III Class Medal for 9 Years
  • Long Service Decoration, Type III, III Class Medal for 9 Years
  • Long Service Decoration, Type III, III Class Medal for 9 Years
  • Long Service Decoration, Type III, III Class Medal for 9 Years

Estimated market value:

$10+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silvered Bronze
  • Inscription
    Obv: FAR Rev: IX
  • Size
    30mm

Physical Description and Item Details


Saxony, Kingdom. A Long Service Medal, for Nine Years of Service

(Dienstauszeichnung für 9 Jahre). A round silvered bronze medal; the obverse depicting the crown royal coat of arms, circumscribed “TREUE DIENSTE BEI DER FAHNE” (German - Loyal Services for the flag); the reverse inscribed “IX”; on a double loop for suspension; measuring 30.08 mm in diameter; weighing 13.3 grams; in overall very fine condition.

History


The Service Awards were instituted on December 24, 1831 by King Anton and the co-regent Friedrich August and it was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men for long and faithful service.

The Silver Medal was awarded for 15 years, while the Bronze Medal was awarded for 10 years. The obverse features the cypher AFA for Anton (König) and Friedrich August. The reverse presents the inscription “für lange u. gute Dienste.” meaning “for long and good service”.

The Type II (1873-1913) decorations were instituted by King Albert. It was created to honour the impeccable work of those who served the country. The medals for 10 and 15 years were no longer awarded.

The medal was renewed by King Albert on April 23, 1874, wherein he changed the number of years associated with each medal and added a gold grade.

When calculating the time served by the recipient, the years served during active warfare count for double-time.

The Type III (1913-1918) were instituted on August 6, 1913 by King Friedrich August III. Service years and rank necessary were changed to reward Non-Commissioned Officers for 15 years of long and faithful service within the Saxon Military. The changes were as follows:

The I Class is a copper cross for 15 years of service; the II Class is a bronze medal for 12 years of service; the III Class is an Argentan medal for 9 years of service.

Those who had already received previous awards could return them when they were confirmed a new award. The medals were to be returned upon the death of a recipient. Moreover, should the recipient no longer be actively serving, they either had to return the medal or they could purchase it outright.

The III Class Medal for 9 years is a round medal with the cypher FAR on the obverse with the inscription, and the reverse presents the numerals IX.

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