Order of Merit, Commander


SKU: 01.POL.0117.105.01.000

  • Order of Merit, Commander Obverse
  • Order of Merit, Commander Reverse

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    The Order of Merit, Commander images are attributed to the Republic of Poland and are used in the public domain according to Article 4, Case 2 of the Polish Copyright Law Act of February 4, 1994. They were sourced from the Regulation of the Republic of Poland of April 16, 1991. See the following page for more information: http://isap.sejm.gov.pl/DetailsServlet?id=WDU19910430190


The Order of Merit was established by the Polish People's Republic in 1974 as the Order of Merit of the Polish People's Republic. It was seen as a replacement for the Order of the White Eagle, which had been outlawed by the communist government in 1960, despite continuous conferral by the Government of the Republic of Poland in exile. Following the collapse of communism in Poland in 1989, the Order of the White Eagle was re-established as the highest state award and the Order of Merit of the Polish People's Republic was amended and awarded as the Order of Merit. The President of the Republic is Grand Master.

The Order is conferred upon foreigners and Polish citizens residing abroad in recognition of outstanding contributions to Poland and outstanding cooperation in international relations. For this reason, it is commonly known as a diplomatic order.

The Commander is identical to the Commander with Star. There are two models that differ in inscription and design according to changes in the government. The first features initials that stand for “Polskiej Rzeczypospolitej Ludowej” (Polish People’s Republic), and the second features initials that stand for “Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej” (Republic of Poland). The second model also omits the institution date and features a royal crown on the obverse eagle.

There may be additional versions of the Commander that differ in size.

The first model is listed in the Orders of the Polish People's Republic (1944-1989).


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