Merit Medal in Bronze
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A circular medal constructed of bronze. The obverse bears the image of a seated youth holding a Victoria in one hand. Below and between the legs of the seated youth is the inscription "DEM VER_ DIENSTE". The reverse bears the crowned coat of arms of Bremen being held at each side by a lion. Below the coat of arms is the inscription "DER SENAT D. FREIEN HANSESTADT BREMEN". On a loop for suspension, on a half red and half white ribbon. Measuring 67mm in diameter.
The Merit Medal was established by the Senate of Bremen on December 2, 1902. It was awarded at the discretion of the Senate. Until 1907, the medal was awarded to recognize achievement in commerce, trade, agriculture, and animal husbandry. After 1907, the medal became an all purpose award for the city of Bremen. The medals are seen with and without the stamped "H.HAHN/FEC". The medal was awarded until 1976.
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