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eMedals-Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of Instruction & Benevolence, Grand Cross, by Frederico Costa, c.1930

Item: EG3245

Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of Instruction & Benevolence, Grand Cross, by Frederico Costa, c.1930



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Portugal, Kingdom. An Order of Instruction & Benevolence, Grand Cross, by Frederico Costa, c.1930

(Ordem da Instrução Pública). Instituted 1927. In silver gilt, sash badge consisting of two detailed crossed palm branches, with plain reverse, measuring 51.32 mm (w) x 63.62 mm (h - inclusive of the integral ball), accompanied by original blanched silk ribbon, presenting minor lost of gilt, very fine. Accompanied by the star of the Order, an eight-pointed star in silver gilt, the obverse centre featuring an enameled blue eight-pointed star, superposed by two gilt crossed palms leaves, centre in hand etched exhibiting an enameled Portuguese coat of arms, surrounded by the inscription INSTRUÇÃO PÚBLICA E BENEMERÊNCIA (Public Instruction and Benevolence), reverse with vertical pinback and maker’s mark of FREDERICO COSTA LISBOA, the principal jeweler in Lisbon since 1900, measuring 88.00 mm (w) x 86.46 mm (h), with enamel contact and loss, remains near very fine.

Footnote: The order was founded in 1927, as an award for outstanding civil servants and teachers. It comes in four classes and a medal, and may be conferred on nationals and foreigners, the latter becoming honorary members. In 1929, the order was reformulated and split into two distinct orders, the "Order of Benevolence" and “Order of Instruction and of Benevolence”. 


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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