Size box: 12x6cm./4.7×2.3inch.
Size medal: 3.5cm./1.3inch.
The Medal for Exemplary Border Service was a national award issued in the DDR. It was established in 1954. The first presentation ceremony took place on 1 July 1954, to members of the German Border Police.
The medal was awarded to members of the Border Troops of the DDR as well as civilians for exemplary performance and personal commitment in securing the state border of the DDR. It recognized outstanding contributions in enhancing the combat readiness and training in the performance of border guard tasks. It could be awarded more than one time.
It could also be presented immediately after the accomplished performance, such as the prevention of a break through at the border, even if it resulted in death of the escapee. The medal was also presented to members of the Stasi.
There are 3 types of this medal. The first type was awarded from 1954 to 1955 and had stalks of wheat which terminate with the inscription DDR, and the text:”“Für Vorbildlichen Grenzdienst” (For Exemplary Border Service). On the backside there was a serial number. The 2nd. type was the same but with no serial number on the backside (1955-1956).
The third type of this medal was worn from 1956 to 1990. The design was changed, on the medal is a border guard holding binoculars in his hands and a machine gun slung across his chest. The reverse of the medal displays the Coat of Arms of the DDR. This version of the medal is also not numbered on the reverse.