Order of Merit, Type I, Civil Division, I Class Commander (for Natives, in gold)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0105.104.01.000

Estimated market value:

$4300+ USD

  • I Class Commander

Estimated market value:

$4300+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: FUR VERDIENST UND TREUE
  • Size
    61x87mm
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Order of Merit, Type I, Civil Division, I Class Commander (for Natives, in gold) is a scanned image from the Book "Die Ritter und Verdienst Orden, Ehrenzeichen und Medaillen aller Souveräne und Statten" edited by L.J. Trost. The book was published in 1910.

History


This Order was founded by King Friedrich August after his release from imprisonment in 1815. The Order was conferred upon citizens of Saxony, and foreign citizens, in recognition of merit and virtue within distinguished civil services.

The Order was originally called the "Order of Civil Merit", but the name was changed in 1849 to the "Order of Merit".

The Order grades were also awarded with crossed swords beginning in 1866 to recognize recipients for military merit and service.

The Commander was separated into the separate grades of I Class Commander with Breast Star and II Class Commander in 1848.

The I Class Commander and II Class Commander grades had the same size and composition, the main difference between the two grades was that the I Class Commander was awarded with a I Class Commander Breast Star.

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