Order of Saint George, Knight's Cross (1839)

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SKU: 01.HAN.0101.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$5700 USD

  • Knight's Cross (1839) Obverse

Estimated market value:

$5700 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Gold/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Rev: EAR
  • Size
    68x98mm
  • Version Remarks
    The image of the Knight's Cross (1839) is attributed to Wikipedia and Wikipedia user Robert Prummel. The image has been cropped. The image was released to the public under GNU Free Documentation License and can be accessed at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/Ster_en_kruis_van_de_Sint_George-Orde_van_Hannover.jpg

History


The Order was founded by King Ernst August I of Hanover on April 23, 1839, as the Order of the House of Hanover. The Award was conferred in recognition of extraordinary service to the Kingdom of Hanover.

The Statutes appointed the King of Hanover as the Grand Master of the Order, and there is only one class, the Knights of St. George.

The Order allowed for 16 members outside of the royal family and this number could not be exceeded unless on special grounds. Individuals, except for the Dukes and Princes of Hanover, had to be at least 13-years-old before they could be admitted into the Order.

Only nobility with unblemished reputations were considered for entry into the Order. In addition, individuals who had already received the Grand Cross of the Guelphic Order were eligible to receive the Award.

The motto of the Order is: Nunquam retrorsum (Never backward).

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