Bulgaria Gold medal of merit with crown, 5th type, with wartime ribbon.
The fifth emission (third ‘Ferdinand’) depicts an updated image of the Monarch (with pointy beard and twisted moustaches, engraved by Paul Telge) with circumscribed “ФЕРДИНАНДЪ I ЦАРЬ НА БЪЛГАРИТѢ“ / translation: Ferdinand I Tsar (King) of the Bulgarians /. The reverse once again was left as it was before.
The crown suspension used for this emission is a slightly amended variant of the previous type. It has the same features – straight lines, lilies and lappets embowed upwards and outwards.
In the summer of 1913, members of the Order council of the Military order “For Bravery”have agreed that the medal “For Merit” can also be awarded using the so called military ribbon, for merits and deeds, performed in the time of war and on the battlefield.
There are thousands of decorations with the bronze and silver classes of the medal. A sizeable number of these has been awarded abroad, during and after the end of the Great War, to members of the Austro-Hungarian and German armies – the former allies.
This was the last emission of the medal during the reign of King Ferdinand I.