Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross Breast Star

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SKU: 01.SXK.0106.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3200+ USD

  • Grand Cross Breast Star

Estimated market value:

$3200+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: FÜR VERDIENST UND TREUE
  • Size
    90mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award weighs 88 grams.
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Order of Merit, Type II, Civil Division, Grand Cross Breast Star 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.

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