General Badge of Honour for Civil Merit
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The Medal was established by King Ernst August of Hanover and it was conferred upon individuals for outstanding merit. The Award was primarily concerned upon lowly civil servants and other civilians.
This general decoration served as an entry point into receiving higher-ranking commendations. With further meritorious achievements an individual could receive the Silver or Gold Medal of Merit.
Until 1860, the name and rank of the recipient was engraved on the rim of the medal. Afterwards, only the abbreviated name was engraved.
Around 7000 Medals were awarded.
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