Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander

SKU: 01.GRC.0104.105.01

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  • Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander Obverse
  • Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander Obverse
  • Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander Reverse
  • Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander Obverse
  • Order of the Phoenix, Type I, Commander Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Greece
  • date of institution
    May 13, 1926
  • makers
    Huguenin, Le Locle; Zimmermann, Pforzheim

History


The Order of the Phoenix was established by the Republican Greek government on May 13, 1926, as a replacement for the Royal Order of George I. It features the phoenix as a symbol of the newly reborn Republic.

From 1926-1927 the Order was conferred upon Greek citizens and foreigners, but from 1927-1935, the Order was only conferred upon foreigners. Since 1935, it has been conferred upon Greek citizens for distinguished service in public administration, science, the arts and letters, commerce, industry, and shipping. It may also be conferred upon prominent foreigners for contributions to the international status of the Greek nation.

The Order is classified into three types based on design changes representative of changes in the political landscape.

Type I decorations were awarded from 1926-1935. They have no surmounting crown and no royal cypher. The obverse inscription, “E. T. T. A.,” represents the first letters of the motto “From my ashes I am reborn.”

The Type I Grand Commander is identical to the Type I Commander, however, only the Grand Commander was worn with a Breast Star. There are multiple versions that differ in manufacturer.

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Versions

  • Price

    $450+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: E T T A

  • Size

    58.5x81mm

  • Maker

    Huguenin, Le Locle; Zimmermann, Pforzheim

  • Version Remarks

    The examples made my Zimmermann are more rare than those manufactured by Huguenin.

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