Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, II Class Breast Star (in gold)
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They are stamped on the reverse with a gold hallmark (a man's left facing profile) and the mark of the Monetaria Statului ("MS"). The gold quality is 18Kt. It weighs approximately 73 grams.
The Order of Tudor Vladimirescu was established in 1966. It was named in honour of Tudor Vladimirescu, the Romanian revolutionary figure and leader of the Wallachian Uprising of 1821. It was conferred upon Romanian civilians and military personnel in recognition of contributions to the establishment of socialism Romania. It could also be awarded to foreigners for maintaining the security of the Socialist Republic and for establishing cooperative international relations, but it was permanently suppressed after the collapse of the Socialist Republic in 1989.
Recipients of the II Class Breast Star were granted a monetary award of 2500 lei (625 USD) and three additional days of paid leave.
There are three versions of the II Class Breast Star. The widely awarded version was composed of gilt metal (possibly tombac), but there are others that are composed entirely of gold. There was also a version for foreigners that was smaller in size.
See also the Medal of Tudor Vladimirescu (ROM226) in the Medals & Decorations of the Romanian People's Republic & Romanian Socialist Republic (1947-1989) for the medal that was created alongside the Order of Tudor Vladimirescu.
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