THis medal was issued in 1903 by Ernst Ludwig who ruled Hessen 1903 -1918. I had a Silver Smith check the Silver content from small scrapings, and he determined it was 85% - 95% pure Silver. I had the Berlin Museum look at the scans, and they declared it was EXTREMELY rare! (perhaps one of a kind) The back says "RECOGNIZING SUPERIOR SERVICES" or words to that effect. The Medallion weighs 188 grams (or 6.6 Ounces) I am not asking a great deal above silver value!