Order of Civil Merit, Knight


SKU: 01.ITA.0111.107.01.000

Estimated market value:

$800 USD

  • Order of Civil Merit, Knight Obverse
  • Order of Civil Merit, Knight Reverse

Estimated market value:

$800 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: MERITO CIVILE LII Rev: 1853
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    Late version
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

Italy (Tuscany); Silver with white enamels, Gold with blue and white enamelled centrpieces, hallmarked on the ring, measuring 40.2 mm x 61.5 mm inclusive of its crown suspension, minor chipping evident in the white enamels on both sides of the arm at 7 o'clock, better than very fine.


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.


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