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eMedals-Greece. Greek Orthodox. An Order of St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, c.1960

Item: EG948

Greece. Greek Orthodox. An Order of St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, c.1960

Sale Date: August 28, 2019 Hammer Price


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Greece. Greek Orthodox. An Order of St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, c.1960

Badge: in silver with navy blue and white enamels, text in Greek on the centrepiece ring, measuring 54.5 mm (w) x 56.7 mm (h), on its original full-length neck ribbon; Breast Star: in silver with navy blue and white enamels, with alternate text in French identifying it as the ""Equestrian Order of St. Dennis of Zante"" on the centrepiece ring, measuring 68.5 mm (w) x 68.8 mm (h), vertical pinback flanked by dual stays, severe tarnishing evident on the right half on the obverse and near the tips of the rays between the arms at 12 and 3 o'clock on the reverse; and Medal of the Order: in silvered white metal, measuring 36 mm in diameter, original ribbon with pinback. Intact enamels, together, very fine.

Footnote: Saint Dionysios of Zakynthos was a sixteenth-century Orthodox Christian Archbishop of Aegina, born on the Greek island of Zakynthos in 1546. He is the patron saint of Zakynthos (sometimes called Zante in English) and is celebrated on August 24th and December 17th. In his early life, Dionysios joined a monastery a few miles off the coast of Zakynthos. After a while living there, he was encouraged by his fellow monks to be ordained as a priest, of which he did. He eventually decided to travel to the Holy Land by way of Athens. After arriving in Athens, he was made Archbishop of Aigina despite personal protests in humility. In about the year 1589, the Patriarch of Constantinople made Archbishop Dionysios the Archbishop of Zakynthos, he stayed in this position until a permanent Archbishop arrived. After this, he returned to his island monastery where he lived out the rest of his life until his death on November 17, 1624.

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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