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PRUSSIA. Royal Cross of Merit, silver (PREUSSEN. Königlich Verdienstkreuz in Silber), 1912-1918, miniature
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PRUSSIA.  Royal Cross of Merit, silver (PREUSSEN.  Königlich Verdienstkreuz in Silber), 1912-1918, miniature
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Miniature silver Maltese cross with stippled arms, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion with stippled ground bearing the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm II; the reverse identical; diameter 16.31mm (0.64 inch); without ribbon. The Cross was instituted on 27 January 1912 by King Wilhelm II (Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany) to be awarded to both military and civilian recipients for merit and without regard to nationality. The Cross was to be returned on the death of the recipient. This example dates from the period 1912-1917 since examples made late in World War I were made from ‘Kriegsmetall’ alloy owing to material shortages. The Cross was suppressed at the end of 1918. The Cross is quite hard to find, especially in miniature.

 
PRUSSIA.  Royal Cross of Merit, silver (PREUSSEN.  Königlich Verdienstkreuz in Silber), 1912-1918, miniature
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