Order of Civil Merit, Commander


SKU: 01.ITA.0111.105.01.000

Estimated market value:

$3500 USD

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

Estimated market value:

$3500 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: MERITO CIVILE LII Rev: 1853
  • Size
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

Austrian made in 18K Gold with excellent white and blue enamels, hallmarked on the ring with 18k 1866-1872 Austrian Gold Hallmark F.R for Rothe, measuring 53.7 mm x 82.5 mm inclusive of its crown suspension, on a full-length original neck ribbon with narrow ties, near mint condition.


The Tuscan Order of Civil Merit was founded by Ferdinand IV, last Duke of Tuscany, as an expansion of the Order of Military Merit founded in 1853 by Leopold II. It was awarded to citizens and foreigners for meritorious civil service that demonstrated loyalty to the sovereign and furthered their goals.

This Order was established with five classes: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, and Knight.

As the Order was created following the annexation of Tuscany into the Kingdom of Sardinia, this Order is considered as an unofficial Order and independent of the previous Order of Military Merit.

Upon the death of the recipient, the decoration was returned to the Secretary of the Order

Some sources considered this Order only as a Dynastic order belonging to the Royal House of Tuscany.

If the Commander or Officer grades were conferred upon a non-noble they were bestowed with personal nobility.


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