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Genuinely nice set consiting of a mayor medal as well as St. Michael Order knight cross 1st type 1st class liberated in Germany after WWII.
Until the end of the 18th century, silver and gold chains with pendants and medals partly attached to them were merely status symbols for officials and dignitaries, but not insignia. This was to change with the French Revolution: the proclaimed end of the estates society also made new service signs for officials necessary in Bavaria. From 1806 to 1918, the obverses of the mayor's medals show the portrait of the reigning Bavarian king, while the reverses bear the respective municipal coat of arms, in the cities a five-towered wall crown is added. As an alternative to the coat of arms on the revers, the name of the municipality was simply engraved. With the end of the monarchy on 7 November 1918, the portrait of the king on the front of the medal was replaced by the coat of arms of the newly founded Free State of Bavaria. The pieces were all minted by the main mint in Munich, which also issued a number of discounts on the reverse stamps in the 19th century. Accordingly, these pieces only adorn the respective coat of arms, while the original obverse with the monarch portrait is missing.
Type of award period from 1914 to 1918. The medal was designed by the artist Alois Börsch and the stamping tool for the production of the medal by the stamp cutter Bernhard Bleeker created.
Here is a nice example of the municipality of Hördt.