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Liechtenstein, Dukedom. An Order of Merit, Gold Medal, c.1940

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Liechtenstein, Dukedom. An Order of Merit, Gold Medal, c.1940

(Fürstlich Liechtensteinischer Verdienstorden). Instituted in 1937 by Duke Franz I. (Issued 1937-Present). In bronze gilt, a hollow four-armed cross pattee with pebbled arms, the obverse with a central blue enameled medallion bearing the gilt monogram “L” for “Liechtenstein, within a red enameled ring, the reverse with a similar central medallion inscribed the gilt royal monogram of Franz I, surrounded by a red ring of enamels, measuring 55.56 mm (w) x 45.46 mm (h) suspended by triangular original chest ribbon with hook and eye, light contact, extremely fine.


Footnote: The Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein was founded on July 22, 1937 by Prince Franz I of Liechtenstein, to commemorate his eight year wedding anniversary with his wife, Elisabeth von Gutmann, an Austrian noblewoman. The Order originally consisted of five classes, Grand Star, Grand Cross, Commander's Cross with Star, Commander’s Cross, Knights Cross and two medals of merit, in Gold and silver. In 1960, it was amended to include the Grand Cross with Diamonds following the Grand Star. The order is bestowed by the reigning prince however, the government can nominate deserving individuals. It is conferred on both nationals and foreigners for outstanding public services to the principality.

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