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eMedals-Greece, Kingdom. A Royal Order of George I, Knight, Civil Division, c.1930

Item: EG108

Greece, Kingdom. A Royal Order of George I, Knight, Civil Division, c.1930

Sale Date: June 6, 2018 Hammer Price

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Greece, Kingdom. A Royal Order of George I, Knight, Civil Division, c.1930

(Βασιλικόν Τάγμα Γεωργίου Α'). Instituted 1915. In silver with red and white enamels, hallmarked on the ring, measuring 33 mm (w) x 62.5 mm (h) inclusive of its crown suspension, crazing evident in the white enamels on three arms, original ribbon, near extremely fine.

Footnote: The Royal Order of George I was founded in 1915 by King Constantine I in honour of his father, George I. It was only the second Greek order to be created after the Order of the Redeemer in 1833, and remained the second senior award of the Greek state for the duration of its existence. The order was closely associated with the Greek monarchy, and was hence abolished with the establishment of the Second Hellenic Republic in 1924, to be replaced with the Order of the Phoenix. The order was restored along with the monarchy in 1935, and continued to be awarded until the final abolition of the monarchy in 1973. It was replaced by the Third Hellenic Republic in 1975 by the Order of Honour. The Order has five classes: Grand Cross, Grand Commander, Commander, Gold Cross and Silver Cross. A sixth, supreme class comprising a Collar of the order was originally envisaged, but never realized.

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 eMedals.com.

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