Order of the Double Dragon, Type II, II Class, II Grade Star
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This Order was instituted by Emperor Kuangsi in recognition of exceptional service to the throne and the Qing court. Originally, it was only awarded to foreigners, but in 1908 it was expanded to include Chinese citizens as well.
The II Class, II Grade was conferred upon III rank Diplomatic Envoys and Customs Commissioners.
The Republic of China replaced the Imperial Orders following its establishment in 1912.
The obverse Manchu inscriptions translate to "Great", "Great Qing", "Empire [or] Country", and "Class". The obverse Chinese characters translate to "Imperial [or] Emperor", "To Award", "Double", "Dragon", and "Precious", or "Imperially Awarded Double Dragon Precious Star".
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