Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross

SKU: 01.SXK.0110.101.01

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  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross Obverse
  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross Obverse
  • Order of Maria Anna, I Class Cross Reverse


  • country
  • date of institution
    May 15, 1906
  • remarks
    The German name of the award is ‘Maria-Anna-Orden, Kreuz 1. Klasse'.

Physical Description

A curved cross with clipped tips, constructed of silver gilt and enamel. On top of the 12 o’clock arm sits a mobile cut-out crown. The arms are enamelled in blue with narrow golden edges. The obverse centre medallion is pebbled and golden. It features the left-facing head of Maria Anna. The medallion ring is enamelled in white with golden and smooth inner and outer borders. It features golden ornamental arabesques. The reverse is similar, except that the centre medallion features the monogram ‘MA’. On a loop for suspension, on a light blue ribbon with white side stripes.


The Order of Maria Anna was instituted by King Friedrich August III, to commemorate his deceased mother Maria Anna, on May 6, 1906. The order was awarded to women that had rendered distinguished service to the court, and within public service and non-profit organizations.

This order followed the Order of Sidonia, but preceded the Carola Medal.

Originally, the order had three classes. In 1913, a decoration was added between the II Class and the Maria Anna Cross.

During the First World War, the Maria Anna Order was used as a war award.

Following the death of a recipient, or should the recipient be upgraded to a higher class, the decorations had to be returned. No awards were granted to foreigners.

The I Class Cross presents a surmounting crown. It was only awarded 10 times. It was awarded twice on a Grand Cross sash.


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  • Price

    $2,000 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Rev: MA

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  • Version Remarks

    The pictured example was sold by eMedals in 2018 for $1,750 USD. 10 were awarded.

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