Order of Ernst August, Gold Merit Cross
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The Order was founded by King George V of Hanover on December 15, 1865, in commemoration of his father, Ernest Augustus I of Hanover, and was conferred upon citizens of Hanover to recognize civil or military merit.
After the Prussian annexation of Hanover and the dissolution of Hanoverian Orders, the Order of Ernst August began to be awarded as a House Order.
The reverse of the cross of the Order features the royal cipher of the King that conferred the award.
The Gold Merit Cross was conferred upon individuals who rendered meritorious service to the Kingdom of Hanover, but were not a social rank to receive a higher class of the Order.
34 Gold Merit Crosses were awarded.
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