Order of Merit, Type I, II Class Medal

SKU: 01.CHL.0101.102.01

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  • II Class Medal Obverse
  • II Class Medal Obverse
  • II Class Medal Obverse
  • II Class Medal Reverse
  • II Class Medal Reverse


  • country
  • date of institution
    September 14, 1906
  • makers
    Chilean National Mint

Physical Description

An early example consisting of a ball-tipped five pointed star in silvered bronze, featuring solid laurel wreath in each quadrant also in silvered bronze, the obverse centre in silver exhibiting a female head denoting the republic government, surrounded by the inscription REPUBLICA DE CHILE (Republic of Chile), the reverse centre also in silver depicting a laurel branch with the inscription AL MERITO (To Merit), suspended by a detailed silver Andean Condor, one of the two Chilean national animals, measuring 42.10 mm (w) x 55.30 mm (h - inclusive of Condor), presenting tone in silver and bronze, suspended by original of time period breast ribbon, very good. https://www.emedals.com/south-america/chile/chile-republic-an-order-of-merit-ii-class-knight-c-1910


Originally established as the Medal for Merit in 1906, the Order of Merit (Orden al Mérito) had a convoluted beginning while it was amended several times. It was founded to reward exclusively foreign military instructors who taught tactics and discipline to Chilean Officers at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Medal for Merit was originally awarded with two classes, I Class Medal and II Class Medal. The I Class Medal was gilded and was awarded to the highest ranks, while the II Class Medal was silvered and was awarded to the troops.

A third class was added in 1911 to recognize different ranks of Officers, and the Order was authorized to reward Chilean civilians in 1915.

In 1924, the Order was amended again adding the highest grade of Grand Officer to reward foreign Heads of State. Also, it was authorized to reward foreign civilians.

In 1925, the Medal was promoted to Order and six new grades were authorized; Grand Cross, Grand Cross, I Class Commander, Commander, Officer, and Knight.

Finally, the Chilean government re-instituted the Order of Merit in 1929, following the principles of the antique Legion of Merit of 1817, and the Collar grade was added.

The Order is currently awarded to military personnel and civilians either national or foreigners in recognition of extraordinary and meritorious services rendered to the Republic of Chile. This Order is the highest award within the country.

In MB, the Order is classified into types according with the approved grades in each period. Type I includes the awards between 1906-1911; Type II consists of the awards between 1911-1924; Type III consists of the awards between 1924-1925; Type IV includes the awards between 1925-1929; and finally, Type V includes the awards between 1929-present.

Type I awards were mainly manufactured in the National Mint of Santiago and do not feature enamel.

The ribbon is red, white, and blue.


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  • Price

    $300 USD

  • Composition

    Silvered Bronze

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  • Size

    42x55mm (including suspension)

  • Maker

    Chilean National Mint

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  • Price

    $140 USD

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  • Remarks

    This miniature is composed of Silver.


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