Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800)

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SKU: 01.GTR.0101.101.01.002

  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Obverse
  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Reverse
  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Obverse
  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Detail
  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Detail
  • Grand Cross of the Iron Cross (by Juncker, L/12 800) Detail

Estimated market value:

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Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Unknown Maker
  • Composition
    Iron/Silver
  • Inscription
    Obv: 1939 Rev: 1813
  • Size
    63.5x63mm
  • Version Remarks
    53.5 grams
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.andreas-thies.de/onTEAM/grafik/A65_129_160.pdf

Physical Description and Item Details


On the reverse, this version features the "800" stamp for silver content, as well as the LDO maker mark "L/12". Both can be found under the suspension ring.

History


The Iron Cross was originally founded in 1813, and was considered Germany’s highest military decoration. On September 1st, 1939, Adolf Hitler renewed the Order of the Iron Cross and instituted the decoration in four grades, II Class Iron Cross, I Class Iron Cross, Knight’s Cross and Grand Cross.

The 1939 Grand Cross was to be conferred upon senior field commanders whose leadership dramatically influenced the outcome of a major battle or campaign. It was conferred only once, upon Hermann Göring on July 19th, 1940, for the participation of the Luftwaffe in the campaigns in France and the Low Countries.

Göring’s original Grand Cross was destroyed and he replaced it with one composed of black onyx and platinum. The frame was crafted by Professor H. Zeitner, a goldsmith in Berlin.

The location of Göring’s Grand Cross is unknown.

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