Hannover Silver Wilhelm’s Medal for 16 years service
(Silberne Wilhelmsmedaille, für 16 Dienstjahre)
The medal was instituted 2nd March 1837 by King Wilhelm IV in gold and silver classes and awarded to NCOs and soldiers for 16 years loyal service.
Medal had different types depend of the king in power and the time frame:
1st type (1837-1841) king Wilhelm IV head
2nd type (1841-1846) king Ernst August younger head
3rd type (1846-1866) king Ernst August older head
Medal was designed with the steel ring and clip suspension (very similar to early British medals).
On the reverse there is a text: “FÜR / SECHSZEHN / JAHRIGE / TREUE / DIENSTE” (for sixteen years loyal service).
The first two types, 1837-1841 and 1841-1846 were executed by the Brunswick engraver Fritz (probably his last name) and produced at the Royal Mint in Hanover. The third type, like mine, was done by Friedrich Brehmer who did a number of other Hannoverian medals.