Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver

SKU: 02.HAN.0101.102.01

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  • Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver Obverse
  • Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver Reverse
  • Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver Obverse
  • Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver Reverse
  • Guelphic Medal for War Merit in Silver Obverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    August 12, 1815

Physical Description


A circular medal constructed of silver. The obverse bears the bust of Prince Regent George, encompassed by the inscription "GEORG PRINZ REGENT 1815". The reverse bears the inscription "VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND" encompassed by a wreath of laurel. On an elongated suspension, on a light blue ribbon.

History


The Guelphic Medal for War Merit was established on August 12, 1815 by Prince Regent George (later King George IV of Great Britain and Hannover) in the name of his father, King George III of Great Britain and Hannover. The medal was conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men who demonstrated bravery and intelligence in battle while serving with the Royal Hanoverian Army.

Men who received the award were also given a monthly monetary sum of two Reichstalern. The majority of the medals were awarded after the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815. Approximately 6,000 men from Hannover fought with the King’s German Legion. Many of the Guelphic Medal for War Merit were also conferred for participation in the Napoleonic Wars from 1803 to 1815.

The VS stamp of the medal was produced by William Wyon, London. It is thought that the RS stamp was produced by Loos, Berlin. The minting of the medal took place at the Clausthal Mint until 1833, then it was minted at the royal mint in Hannover.

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  • Price

    $2,000 USD

  • Composition

    Silver

  • Inscription

    Obv: GEORG PRINZ REGENT 1815 Rev: VERDIENST UMS VATERLAND

  • Size

    35-40mm

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