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eMedals-Portugal, New State Period. An Order of Public Instructions, Commander, c.1930

Item: EG3247

Portugal, New State Period. An Order of Public Instructions, Commander, c.1930



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Portugal, New State Period. An Order of Public Instructions, Commander, c.1930

(Ordem da Instrução Publica). Instituted 1927. An early commander in silver gilt, consisting of two crossed palm branches, featuring plain reverse, with decorative neck suspension also in silver gilt, measuring 51.55 mm (w) x 63.51 mm (h - inclusive of the integral ball), accompanied by original silk ribbon, with lost of gilt and toned silver, very fine.

Footnote: The Order of Public Instruction was established as the Order of Education and Benevolence in 1927. In 1929, it was split into two distinct orders, the Order of Public Instruction and the Order of Benevolence (later the Order of Merit). The Order of Public Instruction retained the original insignia and is currently conferred upon individuals in recognition of meritorious contributions to education.

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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