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HANOVER. Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER. Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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HANOVER.  Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER.  Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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Circular silver medal with Hanoverian steel clip ring and suspension; the face with the head of King Ernst August facing right, signed ‘BREHMER F.’; the reverse inscribed ‘FÜR / SECHSZEHN / JAHRIGE / TREUE / DIENTSE’ (for sixteen years’ loyal service), an arabesque below; on probably replaced correct ribbon. The medal was instituted on 2 March 1837 in gold and silver, the latter to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for sixteen years’ active loyal service. The Medal was replaced in 1841 with a new version bearing the young head of King Ernst August following the death of King Wilhelm IV and again in 1846 with a third version with the older head of King Ernst August. The Medal was suppressed after the German war of 1866 when, against the wishes of its people, the Hanoverian kingdom was annexed by Prussia and its king sent into exile. The medal is rarely found.

 
HANOVER.  Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER.  Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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HANOVER.  Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER.  Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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HANOVER.  Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER.  Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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HANOVER.  Wilhelms Medal for 16 years’ service, 3rd version, King Ernst August, older head, silver (HANNOVER.  Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille für 16 Dienstjahre, 3. Prägung, König Ernst August, älterer Kopf), 1846-1866
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