Order of Queen Maria Isabel Luisa, Gold Cross

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SKU: 01.ESP.0113.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$190-310 USD

  • Gold Cross Obverse
  • Gold Cross Obverse
  • Gold Cross Reverse
  • Gold Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$190-310 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Spain
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: ISABEL II REINA DE ESP. Rev: M. Y. L. AL MERITO MILITAR
  • Size
    24x39mm (including suspension)

History


The Order of Maria Isabel Luisa (Orden de la Reina Maria Isabel Luisa) was established by King Fernando VII/ Ferdinand VII on June 19, 1833. It was founded in commemoration of the vow ceremony of Queen Maria Isabel Luisa, future Queen Isabel II/Isabella II, heiress of the Spanish throne.

It was awarded to military personnel that belonged to any of the branches of the Spanish Army, in recognition of meritorious services either in wartime or time of peace.

At the beginning the Order had an unique class, Silver Cross, to reward all the troops. In 1839, the Enameled Cross was added to reward high ranks as Generals, or Officers.

The members of the troops who had promoted officers were authorized to laminate in gold their silver decorations. Some versions have arms with scales.

The Order was annulled on December 9, 1868 and it was replaced by the Order of Military Merit.

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