Order of Merit Juan Pablo Duarte (1931-1957), Civil Merit, Knight


SKU: 01.DOM.0101.109.01.000

Estimated market value:

$270 USD

  • Knight Obverse
  • Knight Obverse
  • Knight Reverse
  • Knight Reverse
  • Knight Details

Estimated market value:

$270 USD


  • Country
    Dominican Republic
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Physical Description and Item Details

A white and blue enameled Pateé cross in silver with ball finials, with clusters of five extended rays in each quadrant in silver, obverse centre in white enamel exhibiting figure of Juan Pablo Duarte, surrounded by the inscription JUAN PABLO DUARTE-HONOR Y MERITO (Juan Pablo Duarte-Honor and Merit), reverse centre applique also in white enamel with superposed coat of arm of Dominican Republic, surmounted detailed silver laurel wreath, marked with Dutch import silver mark of fineness .835 since 1953, measuring 40.11 mm (w) x 65.73 mm (h - inclusive of laurel wreath and integral ring), with minor silver oxidation, accompanied by original ribbon, very fine. https://www.emedals.com/south-america/other/dominican-republic-rafael-trujillo-s-period-a-merit-order-of-juan-pablo-duarte-civil-merit-knight-c-1945


The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella (Orden de Mérito de Duarte, Sanchez, y Mella) was founded by Rafael Trujillo's government as the Order of Merit of Duarte on February 24, 1931. Its name and design were modified on September 9, 1954.

Since its inception, this Order has been the nation's highest award, rewarding national citizens and military personnel for distinguished services to Dominican Republic (República Dominicana).

Initially, the Order was named only in honour of Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-76) who was a Professor, Politician, and General born in Caracas, Venezuela. He together with Ramón Matías Mella and Francisco del Rodario Sanchéz formed La Trinitaria in 1838, which sought to expel the Haitian army of occupation, as well as they formed La Filantrópica which promoted the independence thorough the nation. They are buried in Santo Domingo, and are considered as the Founders of Dominican Republic.

In MedalBook, the Order is classified into types, Type I includes the version from the Order of Merit of Duarte (1931-1954), and Type II consists of the awards of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella (1954-).

In Type I, the Order consisted of seven grades; Collar, I Class Grand Cross (with gilded breast star), II Class Grand Cross (with silvered breast star), Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, and Knight.


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