Order of Saint Agatha, Grand Officer Breast Star


SKU: 01.SMR.0102.104.01.000

Estimated market value:

$300 USD

  • Order of Saint Agatha, Grand Officer Breast Star Obverse
  • Order of Saint Agatha, Grand Officer Breast Star Reverse

Estimated market value:

$300 USD


  • Country
    San Marino
  • Makers
    Alberti & C. Co. Vitt. Em. 17 Milano
  • Composition
    Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

Breast Star: In silver gilt with red, white and green enamels, handpainted centrepiece on the obverse, maker marked ""ALBERTI & C. Co Vitt. Em. 17. MILANO"" on the reverse cartouche, measuring 79.5 mm (w) x 80 mm (h), vertical pinback flanked by dual prongs. Scattered chipping evident in the green enamels of the wreath on the reverse of the Badge and on the Breast Star, near extremely fine.


This Order was instituted by the Grand and General Council of the Republic of San Marino on June 5, 1923. It is conferred upon native or foreign citizens for charitable services rendered within the civil or military realms. There are five classes: Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight.

Saint Agatha is a patron saint of San Marino who was fiercely devoted to God and underwent torture because of her faith and lack of interest in admiring men. She is considered the saint of bell-founders, bakers, breast cancer patients and nurses. San Marino celebrates the Feast of St. Agatha on February 5th each year, a public national holiday.

The insignia of the Grand Officer Breast Star is an eight-point star with a superimposed white enamelled four armed cross with a circular wreath arc in each quadrant. The central medallion features a portrait of Saint Agatha. The surround inscription reads "Santagata Protettrice" and the reverse "Bene Merenti".


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