Albert Order, Type I, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1851-1875)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0107.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$4250+ USD

  • Albert Order, Type I, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1851-1875) Obverse
  • Albert Order, Type I, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1851-1875) Detail of Obverse

Estimated market value:

$4250+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ALBERTUS ANIMOSUS Rev: 1850
  • Size
    89x51mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 32 grams.
  • Image Licensing
    This image/illustration is attributed to “Abbildungen zur chronic sämtlicher Ritter Orden und Ehrenzeichen Souveraine and Regerungen, Seiner Majestat dem Konige Von Presussen Freiderich Wilhelm IV gewidmet von H. Schulze, Lieutenant in der Landwehr Artillerie”, published in 1835 in Berlin. This image has been cropped. This resource is in the public domain in all countries where the copyright is the author’s term of life plus 70 years.

History


This Order was instituted by King Freidrich August II in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Duke Albert III, also known as Albert the Bold.

The Order was awarded to recognize general merit and service to the States, such as civil merit, military merit, and merit in art and science.

In 1866 crossed swords began to be added through the centre of the awards conferred for bravery and military merit during wartime. The crossed swords were also featured on the overarching ring of the award after 1871.

The Type I awards were meant to feature the portrait of Duke Albert III on the obverse, but the wrong image was selected and they actually featured the portrait of Albert the Perennial. The mistake was eventually fixed, and the correct portrait was used in the Type II awards.

The Type I awards are known as the "Baker Cap" Type and the Type II awards are known as the "Hinged Cap" or "Young Portrait" Type.

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