Wilhelm's Long Service Cross for Officers

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  • Wilhelm's Long Service Cross for Officers (in gold)
  • Wilhelm's Long Service Cross for Officers (in gold)

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    March 2, 1837

Physical Description


A straight-armed cross paty constructed of gold or bronze gilt or silver gilt. The obverse center bears a circular medallion with the crowned monogram "WR IV". The reverse bears a circular medallion with the Roman numeral "XXV". On a loop for suspension on a red and navy striped ribbon.

History


The Wilhelm's Long Service Cross for Officers was instituted on March 2, 1837 by King Wilhelm IV. The cross was conferred up officers who had loyally served in the Hanoverian Army for 25 years. The cross would later be extended to include general auditors, staff auditors and garrison auditors who were permanently employed in the military justice system. The number of years spent at war counted for double.

A total of 400 crosses were awarded in 1837.

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Versions

  • Price

    $750 USD

  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

    Obv: WR IV Rev: XXV

  • Size

    34.5x34.5mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of gold and was issued between 1837 and 1866.

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  • Price

    $250 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: WR IV Rev: XXV

  • Size

    34.5x34.5mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of bronze gilt and was first issued in 1860.

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  • Price

    $250 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: WR IV Rev: XXV

  • Size

    34.5x34.5mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version is constructed of silver gilt and was first issued in 1860.

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