Order of Pius IX, Grand Commander Breast Star

SKU: 01.VAT.0103.105.01

Estimated market value:

$ Click to See Price/Value

  • Order of Pius IX, Grand Commander Breast Star Obverse
  • Order of Pius IX, Grand Commander Breast Star Reverse


  • country
  • date of institution
    June 17, 1847
  • makers
    Tanfani and Bertarelli, Rome
  • remarks
    The company Tanfani and Bertarelli from Rome is the Vatican’s official manufacturer of Orders and decorations from 1905 onward. There are also some examples of earlier Knighthood awards, which date prior to 1905, that feature the marks “A. Tanfani” or “Tanfani.” The company name was changed after 1967 to Ditta Augusto Casazza, and they continue to be the modern supplier of the Supreme Order of Christ, the Order of the Golden Militia, the Order of Pius IX, the Order of St. Gregory the Great, and the Order of St. Sylvester.


This Order was re-established by Pope Pius IX to commemorate and honour the obsolete Pian Order (Ordine Piano) founded in 1560 by Pope Pius IV.

The Order was, and continues to be, awarded to Catholics and non-Catholics in recognition of meritorious service to the Catholic Church, and humanity in general. In 1994, the Order was amended to allow female recipients.

It was originally awarded in the single grade of Knight, and bestowed hereditary nobility upon the recipient and his family. In 1856 Pope Pius IX split the Order into three grades, Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, Commander, and Knight. From 1856 onward, the Grand Cross was the only grade to bestow hereditary nobility, while the Commander conferred personal nobility upon the recipient, and the Knight grade did not confer any type of nobility.

In 1905 the Order was amended by Pope Pius X, and he added the grade of Grand Commander with Grand Commander Breast Star, which is also known as the Commander with Star grade.

In 1957 the Order was altered again by Pope Pius XII, who added the grade of Collar, also known as Knights of the Collar.

Recipients are bestowed with a prefix after being emitted into the Order, with Knight for men and Dame for women.

The Grand Commander is identical to the Commander grade, the only difference is that the Grand Commander is awarded with an associated Breast Star.


Item For Sale By

Be the first to sell this item

Wanted By

Be the first to request this item


  • Price

    $600+ USD

  • Composition


  • Inscription


  • Size


  • Maker

    Tanfani and Bertarelli, Rome

  • Version Remarks

  • View Item


Sign in to comment and reply.

Scroll Top