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Bavaria - Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal (MJGMSM)

Bavaria - Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal (MJGMSM)

Regular price $1,495.00 USD
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Dive into the esteemed history of the Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal (MJGMSM) - a rare and prestigious honor once bestowed upon enlisted men and NCOs in the Bavarian Army. Often likened to Prussia's renowned Golden Military Merit Cross, frequently referred to as the "Enlisted Man's Blue Max," the MJGMSM stood as the highest recognition for heroism within Bavaria. This example, while privately purchased and not the awarded piece, holds a significant place in the realm of military decorations.

An issued MJGMSM can command prices upwards of $5,000, underscoring its rarity and desirability among collectors. These decorations were not distributed liberally; they were reserved for truly exceptional acts of valor. Historical records suggest that only a limited number, ranging between 1,300 and 1,400, were granted between 1870 and 1920, making this medal a true rarity.

Measuring 1 1/4" in diameter, this decoration features a striking profile of König Maximilian Joseph on the obverse. On the reverse, a majestic rampant lion, crowned and holding a shield adorned with the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms and a sword, symbolizes Bavaria's proud heritage and military prowess. The correct blue, white, and black ribbon, measuring 2 1/4" in length, adds to the medal's authenticity and historical accuracy.

This particular piece, with its fine craftsmanship and historical significance, is likely a post-World War I private purchase example. It may have served as a replacement for a lost decoration or as an additional "Wearer's Copy," mirroring the tradition associated with the Blue Max, where recipients often acquired supplementary copies to complement their original award piece.

At our establishment, dedicated to curating high-end original military artifacts, we take immense pride in presenting pieces like the Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal, which embody historical prestige and a profound connection to the bravery and dedication of those who earned them. Don't miss the opportunity to own a rare and storied piece of Bavarian military history.

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