Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown

Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown
Verdienstorden der Preußischen Krone

Cross of the order
Awarded by  Prussia
Eligibility Civilian and Military
Awarded for exceptional civil or military merit
Motto Gott Mit Uns
Established 18 January 1901
Last awarded 13 March 1918
Total awarded 57
Next (higher) Order of the Black Eagle
Next (lower) Order of the Red Eagle

Ribbon of the order

The Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown (Verdienstorden der Preußischen Krone) was an award of civil and military merit established 18 January 1901 by King Wilhelm II on the occasion of the bicentennial of the establishment of the Kingdom of Prussia. The order was presented in one class and consisted of a badge and a breast star. For military merit the award was presented with crossed swords. The order was presented once with diamonds.

Description of the award

The order consists of a badge, worn on a sash from right shoulder to the left hip, and a star worn on the left chest:

The badge of the order is a blue-enamelled, eighteen-karat, yellow-gold Maltese cross with a granular border. In each of the compartments between the four arms of the cross is a red-enamelled crown surmounting the royal monogram ("W II", for Wilhelm II). The central disc on the obverse of the badge shows a golden crown with red enamel, surrounded by a blue-enamelled circular band bearing the gold-lettered motto, "Gott Mit Uns". The disc on the reverse bears the intertwined initials "IR W II" (for "Imperator Rex Wilhelm II": "Emperor King William II"), encircled by the date "18 January 1901".

The star of the order is a golden eight-pointed star with straight rays, displaying the central disc from the obverse of the badge.

The sash of the order is blue, edged with orange stripes.


The medal was awarded only 57 times. General von Gossler was the only person who received the awards in both departments.


Recipients with swords

Recipients with diamonds


  1. "Count Hatzfeldt". The Times (36611). London. 13 November 1901. p. 5.
  2. "Germany". The Times (36783). London. 2 June 1902. p. 7.


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