A 1st Model - Deutsche Silberne Verdienstmedaille mit Schwerter 1939-43. The Order of Merit of the German Eagle, was instituted May 1st 1937 (Reorganized April 29th 1939 and December 27th 1943), and was awarded by Hitler to foreign nationals who had made a meritorious contribution to the German Reich on the recommendation of the Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs. The German Medal of Merit in Silver was awarded to the Unteroffiziere rank. It is constructed out of die struck 835 silver base. The round shaped obverse features a Maltese style cross that has four national eagles (Hoheitszeichen) between each of the crosses arms on a smooth round background with two cross broad swords above it soldered to the loop. The reverse features reads, in Gothic style script: “Deutsche Verdienstemedaille” on a smooth round background. The bottom rim is marked with a crescent moon and “835 Pr. Münze Berlin” (silver content designation and Official State Mint). To the top is a soldered on loop and suspension ring that hold a tri-color (red, white and black) rayon ribbon that has a stitched on well working brass gilded pin assembly, that remain in well working condition. The award measures 1 ½ inches in diameter. A beautiful silver early example!
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