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eMedals-Portugal, Republic. An Order of Merit, III Class Commander, c.1945

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Portugal, Republic. An Order of Merit, III Class Commander, c.1945



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Portugal, Republic. An Order of Merit, III Class Commander, c.1945

(Ordem do Mérito). Instituted in 1927. In silver gilt with red, white, blue and green enamels, hallmarked with a sword on both the observe of the integral suspension and the reverse of the loop, measuring 57 mm (w) x 92.8 mm (h) inclusive of its wreath suspension, scattered chipping evident in the green enamels on the wreath on both sides, on a full-length replacement neck ribbon, near very fine.


Footnote: The Order of Merit is a Portuguese Honourific Order of Civil Merit, intended to award those responsible for meritorious acts or services performed in the exercise of any functions, both in the public and the private sphere, which reveal self-sacrifice in favour of the community. The decorations are given by the President of the Portuguese Republic, in his role as the Grand-Master of the Portuguese Honorific Orders. The Order of Merit can be awarded, during life or posthumously, to both Portuguese and foreign citizens; it can also be awarded to localities or institutions that are legal persons governed by public law or of public utility. This order has been awarded to a number of people performing the most diverse functions such as ambassadors, business people, military personnel, athletes and musicians.

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