SAXON / ALTENBURG – ERNST II HERZOG VON SACHSEN -ALTENBURG MEDAL
Perfectly patinaed circular silver medal with combatants ribbon for Oldenburg.
- Face with the head and shoulders portrait of Duke Ernst II facing right in uniform
- Inscribed ‘ERNST II HERZOG VON SACHSEN-ALTENBURG
- Reverse with the ducal-crowned cipher of Duke Ernst II within a border of laurel leaves with eight five-leafed roses
The Medal was instituted on 16 September 1906 on his 80th birthday by Duke Ernst I to be awarded ‘zur Anerkennung von Verdiensten jeder Art, insbesondere solcher um dar Herzogliche Haus und das öffentliche Wohl’ (in recognition of merit in any way, particularly such as towards the Ducal House or in the public good). It was amended on 31 August 1909 following the accession of Duke Ernst II and awarded just 1,180 times, the last on 3 November 1918.
Oldenburg was a small Imperial German Grand Duchy.