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$275.00

SKU: 08-525

$275.00

This is the Friedrich Cross 2nd Class from the Principality of Anhalt. Anhalt was a small principality with an 1890 population of 271,000, so small that it fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Prince Friedrich was Anhalt’s ruler. With WW I’s outbreak and Kaiser Wilhelm’s re-institution of the Iron Cross in 1914, many other states (including Anhalt) brought forward their own versions. Anhalt had two Iron Cross equivalents. The first was the Friedrich Cross. We refer to it as their 2nd Class example, since it sported a ribbon (as did the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class). The second version was the Friedrich Cross Steckkreuz (pinback), which had a pin attached to its plain back. The decoration is bronze-toned. Its obverse sports a royal crown, Friedrich of Anhalt’s cypher, and the year, 1914. The reverse displays the phrase “For Service in War.”


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This is the Friedrich Cross 2nd Class from the Principality of Anhalt. Anhalt was a small principality with an 1890 population of 271,000, so small that it fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Prince Friedrich was Anhalt’s ruler. With WW I’s outbreak and Kaiser Wilhelm’s re-institution of the Iron Cross in 1914, many other states (including Anhalt) brought forward their own versions. Anhalt had two Iron Cross equivalents. The first was the Friedrich Cross. We refer to it as their 2nd Class example, since it sported a ribbon (as did the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class). The second version was the Friedrich Cross Steckkreuz (pinback), which had a pin attached to its plain back. The decoration is bronze-toned. Its obverse sports a royal crown, Friedrich of Anhalt’s cypher, and the year, 1914. The reverse displays the phrase “For Service in War.”