Order of St. Alexander, Type III, Military Division, VI Class (Silvered)
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This Order was founded by Prince Alexander I of Bulgaria, and he named it to honour St. Alexander Nevsky.
The Order was awarded by the Bulgarian sovereign to Bulgarians and foreign citizens in recognition of loyal service within civil and military spheres that benefited Bulgaria and the Monarch.
In 1886 crossed swords were added to the Order awards to reward wartime merit, and courageous acts rendered in peacetime. The crossed swords for wartime merit were added through the centre of the cross, while the swords for peacetime courage were added to the surmounting suspension ring.
In 1888 an official Decree was passed which added the IV Class silver cross, the Grand Master’s Collar, and the Lesser Collar. This Decree also amended the upper classes, allowing the Monarch to confer them with diamonds as a sign of his favour and to recognize special merit.
The Order was discontinued on June 15, 1948.
The obverse features inscriptions which translate to "God with Us", and in the centre of the medallion “St. Alexander”.
The reverse features an inscription which translates to "18 February 1878".
Type III occurred during the Regents' Rule, wherein the lions on the obverse of the I Class Breast Star and III Class had their crowns removed, and the surmounting crown was replaced with a wreath.
The IV Class Officer, V Class Knight, and VI Class were awarded with and without surmounting Imperial crowns during Type II. During the reign of Ferdinand I (1908-1918) they were awarded without crowns. While during the reign of Boris III (1908-1944) they were begun to be issued with crowns circa 1930.
The VI Class is also known as the Silver Merit Cross, and it was awarded to Master Sergeants, Non-Commissioned Officers, and enlisted soldiers.
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