A Romanian Order of Tudor Vladimirescu; 1st Class
A Romanian Order of Tudor Vladimirescu; 1st Class - 1966-1989 Issue Multi-piece construction, silver gilt and enamels with fourteen inlaid glass stones, 48.7 mm x 52.3 mm, horizontal pinback, extremely fine. Footnote: The Order was instituted on April 13, 1966 in five classes and two medals, soon after Nicolae Ceauşescu became First Secretary of the Communist Party of Romania, to be awarded for political merit and service to the Socialist Republic of Romania. Tudor Vladimirescu (1780-1821) was a revolutionary leader who sought to overthrow the Greek Phanariot rule of the Romanian provinces subject to Ottoman overlordship. Vladimirescu had fought with Russian forces in the Russo-Turkish wars of 1806-1812, and together with his perceived progressive and nationalist outlook, made him the ideal Romanian hero for the early Ceauşescu era. Vladimirescu was executed by the Greeks at Târgovişte on June 7, 1821, ironically the same place where Ceauşescu was executed in December 1989.