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Hi, does anyone have numbers of how many FIRST CLASS PINBACK war merit crosses were awarded during WWI in each state? I notice some are much more costly than others. I bought two of these today, the Brunswick War Merit Cross 1 Class and the Oldenburg Friedrich August Cross 1 Class and wonder about those two, first off, as I am adding them to my inventory list. Thanks in advance for info.

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These are approximate numbers: 

Brunswick: War Merit Cross: approx. 1000 - 2000
Hesse: Warrior Honor Decoration in Iron: approx. 2000
Lippe-Detmold: War Honor Cross for Heroic Deeds: approx. 740
Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Military Merit Cross: approx. 10,000
Mecklenburg-Strelitz: Cross for Distinction in War: approx. 419
Oldenburg: Friedrich-August Cross: approx. 7,000 - 12,000
Prussia: EK1: over 200,000
Reuss: War Merit Cross: approx. 150
Saxe-Altenburg: Duke Ernst Medal 1st Class with Swords: approx. 86
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha: Carl Eduard War Cross: approx. 97
Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Wilhelm Ernst War Cross: approx. 362
Württemberg: Wilhelm Cross with Swords & Crown: approx. 108
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Little update

Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Military Merit Cross 1st class: 3570

Mecklenburg-Strelitz: Cross for Distinction in War 1st class : 428

Oldenburg: Friedrich-August Cross 1st class : 2339

Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Wilhelm Ernst War Cross, the number is 368

Saxe-Altenburg: Duke Ernst Medal 1st Class with Swords : 85

Württemberg: Wilhelm Cross with Swords & Crown : 119

Württemberg: Wilhelm Cross with Swords : 5318


Source :

Volle (Henning), Stiftungen und Erneuerungen von deutschen Orden und Ehrenzeichen im Ersten Weltkrieg,, Offenbach, Phaleristischer Verlag Autengruber, 2014, 150 p.


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It's not easy to have all of the crosses. Reuss, Saxe Altenburg and Saxe Coburg Gotha are the rarest. I need the Wilhelm Ernst cross. Not easy to find one in good condition to reasonnable price 😪

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Hi Graham

There is something which disturb me with the 5 in the back of the cross. It seems that the hook has been repaired and the inscription disappeared and someone rewrite the number. You can see it is a bit different than the other numbers. Otherwise it's a beautiful piece.



PS : this photo is not mine, it come from ebay



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