War Merit Medal, 1914, in Silver

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SKU: 02.SBR.0105.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

  • Silver Medal (Silver) Obverse
  • Silver Medal (Silver) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$100+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: G 1914 Rev: VERDIENST IM KRIEGE
  • Size
    39mm
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/german-states/schwarzburg/a-schwarzburg-sondershausen-war-merit-medal-1914-g13717

History


The War Merit Medal was first instituted in Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Sondershausen on October 21, 1870. The Medal was renewed by Prince Günther of Schwarzburg Rudolstadt and Sondershausen on August 21, 1914. The decoration was conferred upon citizens of both princedoms who rendered exceptional service during the First World War.

The medal was not strictly conferred upon military personnel who fought on the front lines. It was also conferred upon individuals who did not have the opportunity to fight the enemy and instead demonstrated loyalty and merit by fulfilling the duty they were assigned to do. The medal was conferred to combatants on the Honour Cross ribbon, and it was conferred to non-combatants on a blue ribbon with yellow stripes.

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