A 1st Model - Deutsche Verdienstmedaille in Bronze 1937-43 by Hauptmünzamt of Wien. 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 Bronze was awarded to the Mannschaften rank. It is constructed out of die struck bronze base that has been bronze washed. 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. The reverse features reads, in Gothic style script: “Deutsche Verdienstemedaille” on a smooth round background. To the top is a soldered on loop and suspension ring that is maker marked “30” (Hauptmünzamt, Wien III). The ring holds a tri-color (red, white and black) rayon ribbon that has a stitched on well working steel gilded pin assembly, that remain in well working condition. The award measures 1 ½ inches in diameter. A good early one!
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