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Royal Medal for Merit, silver, Ferdinand I, Knyaz (Princely) issue, 1887-1908, showing a young Ferdinand
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Royal Medal for Merit, silver, Ferdinand I, Knyaz (Princely) issue, 1887-1908, showing a young Ferdinand
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Circular silver medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with the head of the young Prince (later King) Ferdinand I facing left, circumscribed with his name and title within a beaded border, signed ‘A•SCHARFF’; the reverse inscribed ‘ЗА ЗАСЛУГА’ (for merit) within a wreath of oak and laurel; age-toning, particularly to the face; on replaced but correct trifold ribbon. The Medal for Merit was founded on 25 December 1881 and awarded in three classes, gold (rarely awarded), silver and bronze for service to the Crown or Fatherland, the silver medal being awarded to middle-ranking officials and officers. This example shows a young Ferdinand referred to as ‘Knyaz’ (Prince) rather than ‘King’ or ‘Tsar’ and thus dates from the period 1887 to 1908. Hard-to-find early example.

 
Royal Medal for Merit, silver, Ferdinand I, Knyaz (Princely) issue, 1887-1908, showing a young Ferdinand
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Royal Medal for Merit, silver, Ferdinand I, Knyaz (Princely) issue, 1887-1908, showing a young Ferdinand
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Royal Medal for Merit, silver, Ferdinand I, Knyaz (Princely) issue, 1887-1908, showing a young Ferdinand
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