In this blog I am going to discuss the Civil Merit Medal (Zivil-Verdienstmedaille) which was established by Emperor Karl I on April 30, 1918 to recognize extraordinary service in time of war or outstanding service in peace time by civil servants of all ranks or other civilians in support of the empire or the emperor. This is an unusual medal in that it was authorized late in the First World War and may or may not have ever been issued.
Date Issued: Emperor Karl created this medal on April 30, 1918
Reason Issued: To recognize extraordinary service in time of war or outstanding service in peace time by civil servants of all ranks or other civilians in support of the empire or the emperor.
Classes or Types: There are two classes of this award:
- Gold Civil Merit Medal
- Silver Civil Merit Medal
Interesting Facts: These medals could be awarded retroactively
Hallmarks: None known
Design: A round medal with an attached wedge shaped suspension eye.
Obverse: The image of Emperor Karl in a Field Marshal’s uniform with decorations facing to the viewers left. Surrounding the image is the inscription: CAROLVS D G IMP AVST RX BOH ETC ET H N IV APOST HVNG.
Reverse: A laurel bough on the viewers left and an oak bough on the right within which is the inscription SIGNVM LAVDIS (A token of esteem) in two lines.
Size: 42 mm in diameter.
Type of Material: Siler gilt bronze and gold gilt bronze
Variations: None known
Designer: Rudolf Marschall
Manufacturer: Hauptmunzamt Wien (Imperial Mint, Vienna)
Number Issued: It is reported that five medals were awarded but the veracity of this report is in question.
Ribbon: A 38-40 mm tri-fold ribbon. The ribbon is red with a white center stripe.
- A small rectangular ribbon conforming to the standards introduced in October 27, 1917.
Attachments: Multiple award bars were authorized for this medal
Miniature: None known to exist
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