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PRUSSIA. Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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PRUSSIA.  Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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White metal cross pattée with magnetic core, with a blackened cross pattée within a hatched border imposed, with loop and ring for ribbon suspension, the ring with maker’s mark ‘K.O.’ for the Royal Mint, Berlin (Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin); the face with a central ‘W’ (for Wilhelm), a crown above, the date ‘1914’ below; the reverse with a central oak branch, the crowned cipher ‘FW’ (for Friedrich Wilhelm) above, the date ‘1813’ below; on replaced correct ribbon. The Iron Cross was instituted on 10 March 1813 by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia during the War of Liberation against the Napoleonic French forces. It was reinstated in 1870-1871 for the Franco-Prussian War and again in 1914 for World War I. It is awarded for bravery. In spite of its iconic image and fame, it has always been made of modest materials and issued in relatively large numbers. It was designed by the neo-classical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross of the Teutonic Knights in the late Middle Ages which was also the emblem of Frederick the Great. A very good example of an iconic award.

 
PRUSSIA.  Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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PRUSSIA.  Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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PRUSSIA.  Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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PRUSSIA.  Iron Cross, II class, Royal Mint, Berlin (PREUSSEN. Eisernes Kreuz, II. Klasse, Königliches Münzamt Orden, Berlin), 1914 issue
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