Order of Fidelity, Type II, Knight's Cross


SKU: 01.ALB.0103.207.01.000

Estimated market value:

$450+ USD

  • Order of Fidelity, Type II, Knight's Cross Obverse
  • Order of Fidelity, Type II, Knight's Cross Reverse
  • Order of Fidelity, Type II, Knight's Cross Obverse
  • Order of Fidelity, Type II, Knight's Cross Obverse

Estimated market value:

$450+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    E. Gardino, Rome
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: B E S A FERT
  • Size
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

In silver gilt with black enameled feathers and detailing, ailver gilt linked chain with Fert separately affixed two prongs, exhibiting the manufacturing characteristics of E.Gardino, however reverse replacement centre plate, measuring 44x49mm (inclusive of horizontally pierced ball suspension), worn on period ribbon, fine.


The Order was founded by Ahmed Ben Zogu during his tenure as President of Albania.

The Order was primarily conferred in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the Royal Family, Sovereign, and to the State of Albania. It was also awarded in recognition of extraordinary achievements within a broad spectrum of fields.

This Order was originally awarded in four grades, but in 1932 it was restructured and reduced to three grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight.

It was amended again in 1940 during the Italian Occupation (1939-1943), and then discontinued in 1945.

The Order is also known as the Order of the Besa.

The Type II awards feature fasces on either side of the centre shield, as well as the motto "FERT" five times around the centre.


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