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PRUSSIA. War Merit Medal, II class (PREUSSEN. Militär-Ehrenzeichen, 2. Klasse), 1864-1918 issue, miniature
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PRUSSIA. War Merit Medal, II class (PREUSSEN. Militär-Ehrenzeichen, 2. Klasse), 1864-1918 issue, miniature
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Miniature circular silvered medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm I (Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany); the reverse inscribed ‘KRIEGS / VERDIENST’ (War Merit) within a laurel wreath; diameter 14.51mm (0.57 inch); some wear to silvering; on replaced correct ribbon.

The Medal was instituted by King Wilhelm I on 27 February 1864 to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and enlisted men for merit in the face of the enemy, usually in circumstances where the Iron Cross would have been awarded, had it been available.

 
PRUSSIA. War Merit Medal, II class (PREUSSEN. Militär-Ehrenzeichen, 2. Klasse), 1864-1918 issue, miniature
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