Saturday, January 11, 2014


Medals of Merit in gold and in silver, and General Decoration of Honour, were founded on the 5th June, 1841. The two medals (gold and silver), bear on the front the effigy of the King, with the legend : "Ernest August" and the year of his accession to the throne, and on the reverse an oaken wreath, with the inscription : "Verdienst urn's Vaterland" (Merit of the fatherland). Both are worn suspended by a bright blue watered ribbon (the same as that of the Guelph Order).

The General Decoration of Merit consists, for Military Merit, of a silver medal (No. 16), with the initials of the founder on the obverse, and a laurel wreath, with the inscription : "Krieger Verdienst" (Warrior's merit) on the reverse. It is worn suspended by a white and yellow watered ribbon.

The Decoration for Civil and other Merits consists also of a silver medal (No. 15), but has within an oaken wreath the inscription : "Verdienst um's Vaterland" (Merit of the country), and is worn suspended by a tricoloured (black, white and yellow) watered ribbon.

In all the above medals, the name of the recipient is engraved round the edge. They are worn (without a buckle) on the left breast.

The presentation usually begins with the Medal of General Merit, and at further new proofs of merit and distinction, the silver, and next the golden medals are conferred. All medals may be worn together by those who possess them.

Source : the book of orders of knighthood and decorations of honour of all nations, sir Bernard BURKE, 1858

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