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A Ladies Ribbon - 2nd Model - Deutsche Verdienstmedaille 1943-45 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. 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: “Deutsche Verdienstemedaille” on a smooth round background. To the top is a soldered on loop and a ring that is maker marked “30” (Hauptmünzamt, Wien). The suspension ring holds a bow tie (ladies) tri-color (red, white and black) rayon ribbon that has a stitched on well working brass silver plated pin assembly, that remain in well working condition. The award measures 1 ½ inches in diameter. Rare to find these with this type of ribbon!
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