Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1891-1910, in gold)

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SKU: 01.SXK.0106.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3700+ USD

  • Grand Cross (1891-1910, in gold)

Estimated market value:

$3700+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FRIED. AUG. KV. SACHSEN D. 7. JUN. 1815 Rev: FÜR VERDIENST UND TREUE
  • Size
    88x62mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 46 grams.
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross (1891-1910, in gold) is a scanned image from the Book "Handbuch der Ritter- und Verdienstorden aller Kulturstaaten der Welt" edited by Maximillian Gritzner. The book was published in 1893. It is in the public domain in countries where the copyright is the author's life plus 70 years.

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.

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