During this time of the Order's history, a large quantity of medals had been awarded and had given the medal's luster a bit of tanish and lack of prestige, but after the war with Napoleon and the War of Liberation, the carefully awarded medals soon gained back their luster. Oakleaves were given out to deserving individuals and many of those that did receive the award also already had obtained the Iron Cross, first and second class. For the remainer of Wilhelm Friedrich III's reign, he awarded the medal sparingly to attempt to bring back the Order's "luster."