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SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA. Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA. Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920 issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA.  Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA.  Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920  issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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Oval silver medal with integral ducal crown suspension, with ribbon bar to the reverse; the face with the head of Duke Carl Eduard facing right, circumscribed ‘CARL • EDUARD • HERZOG • V • SACHSEN • COBURG • U • GOTHA’; the reverse with the personal arms of Duke Carl Eduard, circumscribed above ‘FVER VERDIENST’ (for Merit), signed ‘L. CHR. LAUER’ lower left, on replaced correct ribbon. The Medal was instituted on 10 March 1911 by Duke Carl Eduard to replace the circular Silver Duke Carl Eduard Medal that had been instituted on 6 August 1905 since it was often confused with the Silver Medal of Merit of the Ducal Saxe-Ernestine House Order and the main purpose of the Carl Eduard medal was to have an award for merit that was uniquely and recognisably the Dukedom’s. Duke Carl Eduard was the grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and had the misfortune also to be head of a constituent state of the German Empire defeated in 1918. Stripped of his German titles at the end of the war, he was also deprived of his British titles in 1919. Unsurprisingly, he was attracted to the German National Socialist Party, becoming an Obergruppenführer in the S.A., a member of the Reichstag and President of the German Red Cross. In 1945 he was arrested and imprisoned by American occupying forces and died in penury in 1954. The medal was suppressed in 1920 but continued to be produced and awarded until at least 1930. In total, 416 medals of the pre- and post-1911 versions are known to have been awarded. Our research indicates that this example is by Willy Ganssen of Coburg and probably dates from the late 1920s or early 1930s.

 
SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA.  Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA.  Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920  issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA.  Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA.  Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920  issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA.  Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA.  Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920  issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA.  Oval silver Duke Carl-Eduard medal with crown (SACHSEN-COBURG-GOTHA.  Ovale silberne Herzog-Carl-Eduard-Medaille mit Krone), 1911-1920  issue by Willy Ganssen of Coburg, probably late 1920s or early 1930s
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