Order of Merit, Type I, Military Division, Merit Cross

SKU: 01.SXK.0105.210.01

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  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    June 7, 1815

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.

In 1849 the Order statues were amended, adding the grade of Knight and the grade of Honour Cross. The Honour Cross was originally called the "Small Cross".

The Order statues were amended again in 1876, separating the Knight grade into two separate awards called the I Class Knight and the II Class Knight, the Honour Cross was discontinued, and the Merit Cross was added as well.

The Type I Merit Cross was manufactured with a three part construction.

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  • Price

    $1600+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: FUR VERDIENST UND TREUE

  • Size

    36mm

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  • Version Remarks

    The award weighs 15 grams.

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