Order of Merit, Knight
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The Order of the Union was established by Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, King of Holland, in 1806. It underwent a number of name and design changes in its short 5-year lifespan. The Order of Merit was instituted on December 12, 1806. It was finally superseded by Napoleon’s Order of the Reunion in 1811.
The Order of Merit was to hold 50 commanders and 300 Knights. No Commander were produced. A total of 294 Knights were appointed to the Order of Merit, although only a small number of decorations were actually produced. The obverse inscription translates to "Louis I, King of Holland," and the reverse inscription translates to "Do what you ought, and come what will."
However, Napoleon Bonaparte was displeased with the actions of his brother. The order of Merit was abolished February 14, 1807 and was replaced by the Royal Order of Holland.
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