(Signum Laudis Érdemérem)

Date Instituted

14 June 1922


Awarded for merit or bravery.

Number awarded

Silver Medal: civilian ribbon 200, war ribbon 64, war ribbon & swords 467
Bronze Medal: civilian ribbon 2052, war ribbon 1924, war ribbon & swords 4810
Bravery Medal ~ 80


Awarded in these grades (with or without swords):
Large Gold Medal with the Holy Crown (added April 1939)
Silver Medal with the Holy Crown
Bronze Medal with the Holy Crown
Bravery Medal (added 1929, Silver Medal variation)

Awarded with various ribbons:
With civilian ribbon
With war ribbon
With war ribbon and swords

Photo courtesy of Antiques & Militaria.

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - German World War 2 Medals & Political Awards: The Satellite States
David Littlejohn - Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, Vol 3