Military Order of St. Henry, Type III, Silver Medal (stamped "F.U." 1849-1918)
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This Order was first instituted by King Augustus II of Poland, Elector of Saxony, on his 40th birthday. The original title of the Order was the "Knightly Military Order of St. Henry".
The Order was awarded to the Crown Prince and several Generals in recognition of military and wartime merit.
On September 4, 1768 the Order was renewed and redesigned by Prince Xavier.
The Prince expanded the Order to include into three main grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander Cross, and Knight Cross, and one small cross for Officials of the Order.
On December 23, 1829 the Order was renewed by King Anton, he changed the Order title to the "Order to the Military Order of St. Henry" and added the grades of Grand Commander and Grand Commander Breast Star.
The Order continued to be awarded in recognition of military merit.
The Merit Medals were added to the Order on March 17, 1796, and they were awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men for military merit.
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