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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Large circular silver medal, pierced for suspension and with replaced correct ornate silvered suspension bar; the face with Ottoman military arms with a central inscription reading ‘Relying on Divine Guidance and Assistance, Abdul-Hamid Khan, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire’, the radiant tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II above; the reverse with an inscription reading ‘Medal for Those That Have Shown Exceptional Loyalty and Bravery for the Ottoman Empire’, a curved plaque below and dated in Arabic numerals ‘1300’ (= AD1882) on a plaque at the base, all within an intricately decorated geometric border; diameter 37.35mm (1.47 inches); on replaced correct ribbon.

The Medal was instituted in AH1300 (AD1882) in gold and silver classes to be awarded for extraordinary loyalty, valour and heroism, the gold medal being the highest ranking military decoration of the Ottoman Empire and the silver medal ranking immediately after. 

It is authoritatively described as ‘the most important (Ottoman) medal of its era’ and special versions were awarded to the King of Bulgaria and the Emperor of Germany.

 
Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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Imtiyaz Medal for Bravery and Loyalty (Tarz-i Cedid Büyük Imtiyaz Madalyasi - Sadakat ve Secaat Madalyasi), silver
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