HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS
This is the Hanseatic Cross for the city-state of Hamburg, of which approximately 50,000 were awarded. The Hanseatic Cross from Bremen was awarded 20,000 times. Lübeck, the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, awarded ITS Hanseatic Cross approximately 8,000 to 10,000 times. The cross’s obverse features red enamel arms. Its circular red enamel center features a silver image of Hamburg’s Rathaus (City Hall). [The building was totally destroyed by Allied bombing during WW II, then rebuilt postwar, using the original plans. Its silver reverse features the phrase “Für Verdienst im Kriege” (For Service in War) and 1914. The enamel is undamaged and a short piece of the correct ribbon is included.