Service Medal for Art and Science, Type II, in Silver
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A smooth circular medal with a raised edge, constructed of silver. The obverse features the right-facing portrait of Duke Karl Günther, with the circular inscription ‘KARL GÜNTHER FÜRST Z. SCHWARZB. SONDERSHAUSEN’. The reverse features the inscription ‘FÜR VERDIENST U. KUNST U. WISSENSCHAFT’ (‘for merit in art and science’), surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak leaves. On a loop for suspension, on a dark blue ribbon. 13 grams.
The Medal for Art and Science was first instituted in 1858 by Prince Günther Friedrich Carl II. The medal was conferred upon citizens of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen in recognition of exceptional service in the field of art or science.
The Type II medals were instituted on December 7, 1889 by Prince Karl Günther. The medals feature the portrait of a young Prince Karl Günther on the obverse.
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