SAXE-COBURG UND GOTHA – WAR HONOR SERVICE BADGE – 2nd CLASS
Saxe-Coburg und Gotha was the largest of the many Saxon Duchies. Carl Eduard (1884-1954) was the final Duke of Saxe Coburg und Gotha. He was a member of the British Royal House (another of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s grandsons), and was raised as an Englishman until he was 15. At that point, he was named as the new Duke of Saxe Coburg und Gotha and moved to Germany. In 1919, he was stripped of his British titles by King George V because he fought for Germany during WW I. [The British Royal House also changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor during the war].
The bronze-toned cross measures a Prinzengroße-sized 1.25” x 1.25.” Its obverse features Carl Eduard’s crowned royal cypher, the year 1914, and a branch of laurel leaves. Its reverse has a gilt-toned shield with Saxe-Coburg und Gotha’s Coat-of-Arms. The ribbon is green, black, and yellow.