General Badge of Honour for Civil Merit
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A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse bears the crowned monogram of Ernst August, and the reverse bears the inscription "VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND" (merit for the fatherland) within a wreath of oak. On a loop for suspension with a black, yellow and white striped ribbon. Weighing 14 grams.
The General Badge of Honour for Civil Merit was established by King Ernst August of Hannover on June 5, 1841. The medal was conferred upon individuals for outstanding merit. The medal was primarily conferred upon 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.
Approximately 7,000 medals were awarded.
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