WW1 Iron Cross of Merit With Crown Verdienstkreuz 1916
WW1 Iron Cross of Merit With Crown Verdienstkreuz 1916 with Tri fold original ribbon. Shows signs of wear which is reflected in the price.
Iron Cross of Merit (Eisernes Verdienstkreuz), 1916 - Iron cross pattée alisée with laterally pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the initials FJ (for Emperor Franz Joseph I, 1848-1916) encircled by a ring bearing the inscription VIRIBUS UNITIS (strength through unity); the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the date 1916 within a circular ring with a stylised laurel wreath; some oxidisation spots; on original triangular ribbon with a small central hole. The cross was instituted on 1 April 1916 in two grades – Iron with and without Crown – as a need had been perceived for a grade below the existing Gold and Silver to reward the many people of lower ranks performing exceptional acts and services, especially in the support and auxiliary services.