Order of Saharan Merit, Commander

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SKU: 01.FRA.0138.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$1450-1650 USD

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Estimated market value:

$1450-1650 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    France
  • Makers
    Monnaie de Paris
  • Composition
    Silver gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: REPVBLIQVE FRANCAISE Rev: MERITE SAHARIEN
  • Size
    70mm
  • Version Remarks
    The award was engraved by Raymond Corbin. It is hallmarked on the reverse.

History


The Order of Saharan Merit was created on April 4, 1958. It was later replaced by the National Order of Merit on December 3, 1963.

It was conferred upon those who made significant contributions to the development of the arts, science, the economy, and administration in the French Saharan region. Knights could be promoted to Officer after 5 years and Officers could be promoted to Commander after 3 years.

The obverse inscription translates to “French Republic,” and the reverse inscription translates to “Saharan Merit.”

The Commander is the only grade with a biface suspension ring.

There may be additional versions which vary in size, composition or manufacturer.

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