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Medal - Iron Cross 1914, Second Class, Germany, 1914 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 38055

Summary:
Iron Cross second class medal issued by Germany in 1914.

The iron cross medal was originally a military decoration of the Kingdom of Prussia, established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia in 1813. It was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, a Prussian architect, artist and city planner. The medal has been issued over several different periods of German history so in order to distinguish the event or battle it is marked with the releveant year. In this instance the year 1914 represents service in World War I. The Iron Cross is only awarded in wartime.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 40 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: military awards
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Decorations - Military
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
DateEra: 1914 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned Royal cypher (Wilhelm II) above the date 1914.
Reverse Description: Original Iron Cross obverse design (before change): an oak branch with the crowned royal cypher FW (Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia) above and the date 1813 below.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: "W / 1914".
Reverse: "FW / 1813".
Shape: Cross & ribbon
Material: Iron
Issued By: Germany, 1914
References: References:
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/LotDetailsPrintable.aspx?intObjectID=1757588
http://www.karl-friedrich-schinkel.com/ accessed Jul 2014.

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