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eMedals-Brazil, Empire. An Imperial Order of St. Benedict of Avis in Gold, Knight c.1823

Item: EG3254

Brazil, Empire. An Imperial Order of St. Benedict of Avis in Gold, Knight c.1823

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Brazil, Empire. An Imperial Order of St. Benedict of Avis in Gold, Knight c.1823

(Ordem Imperial de Sao Bento de Avis). Instituted 1823. Type I, 1823-1843 issue. Likely manufactured and awarded the year of institution as a Religious order, using the traditional Portuguese crown; In Gold, a superb five armed enameled white cross with ball finials, obverse centre in Gold exhibiting enameled green florid cross on a white enameled background, surmounted by a red enameled Heart of Christ (denoting the orders religious foundation) on the 12 o’clock arm also in Gold, surrounded by an enameled green coffee and tobacco branches both in Gold, reverse medallion with green enameled cross, suspended by a detailed Gold Portuguese crown, measuring 32.42 mm (w) x 46.86 mm (h - inclusive of crown suspension and integral ring), weighting 11.4 grams, with minor crack of white enamels, with repaired suspenion affixed to top of crown, accompanied by mid 20th Century ribbon, extremely fine.

Footnote: The Imperial Order of St. Benedict of Avis was instituted in Brazil on October 20, 1823. Throughout its history, the Order has undergone many changes; it was known as a religious Order until the reforms of 1843, when it became a military Order. This Order originated from Portugal but in Brazil was no longer associated with it's religious characteristics between the years of 1843-1861. The Order was abolished in 1891. 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on

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