Product Description: We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this 2nd Pattern Blood Order. This is an outstanding example of this iconic and very rare top level political award. The medal itself is in virtually mint condition, with all of its original dark burnishing intact. Both sides of this medal has a wonderful look, with all of the original detail. It is stamped on the reverse with the silver content mark “800” as well as the unique serial number “3102.” This exquisite medal is complete with its original red, white and black ribbon, which has never been attached to the suspension ring. The ribbon is crisp and clean, with fresh colors. This 2nd Pattern Blood Order set rates as absolutely near mint and perfect. It is of the highest quality, and could be the centerpiece of an advanced collection.
Historical Description: The “Blood Order” (Blutorden) was first awarded by Adolf Hitler on November 9, 1933, ten years after the failed “Beer Hall Putsch” in Munich, at which Hitler and around 2,000 of his allies and supporters had attempted to seize control of Munich. The official name of this award was “Ehrenzeichen des 9. November 1923” (Commemorative Medal of 9. November 1923). The medals were made of silver, with an eagle on the obverse, and on the reverse, the Feldherrnhalle building in Munich, where the Putsch had been stopped by Munich police officers. The Feldherrnhalle later became a Third Reich shrine and was where the officers of the SS swore their allegiance to Adolf Hitler. The first 1500 of these awards (the “first pattern”) were given to actual participants in the Putsch, who had been in the fighting that day, or had been in the march. Only about half of these men had been in the NSDAP in 1923, though many had been in the Freikorps. All the Blood Order medals were individually numbered, except for the awards given to Hitler and Goering. In May of 1938, new rules for awarding this metal were instituted. Men who had served time in prison for Nazi Party related activities, or who had been wounded in the service of the Party, before 1933, were now eligible for this medal. It was later also awarded to Austrians who had been involved in certain pro-Nazi activities in 1934 or earlier, and at Hitler’s discretion, could be awarded posthumously to certain individuals. All the later, “second pattern” awards, that were not given to people who participated directly in the 1923 Putsch, had serial numbers over 1500. The total number of medals awarded was lower than 6,000 and may have been as low as 4,000. These medals are extremely rare today and are highly prized as one of the most prestigious and important political awards of Nazi Germany.
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