Royal Guelphic Order, Commander Breast Star


SKU: 01.HAN.0102.105.01.001

Estimated market value:

$4000 USD

  • Obverse

Estimated market value:

$4000 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Carl Büsch, Hannover; Hossauer, Berlin; L. Raupp, Karlsruhe
  • Composition
  • Inscription
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    42.5-71.7 grams A variation with diamonds and coloured gemstones is known to exist, however, it is presumably a private purchase, as an official awarding cannot be verified.
  • Image Licensing
    The image of the Royal Guelphic Order, Commander Breast Star is attributed to Auktionhaus Andreas Thies, 48. Auktion. The image is find in the catalog 48. Auktion 11.Mai. 2012 on page 51, number 0764_48.


The Order was instituted by King George IV (at the time the Prince Regent of Great Britain) on August 12, 1815, which was not only his father George III’s birthday, but was also the 101st anniversary of first Hanoverian monarch, George I, ascending the English throne.

The Order was named after the House of Guelph, of which the Hanoverians were a branch.

The Award was conferred upon individuals for distinguished service to the United Kingdom or the Kingdom of Hanover.

The Grand Master of the Order was always the King of Hanover, and the number of members in the Order was unlimited.

From 1815 to 1841, the Award was issued in three classes: Knight Grand Cross, Knight Commander and Knight.

From 1841 onward, the Award was issued in five classes: Knight Grand Cross, I Class Commander, II Class Commander, Knight and Cross of Merit.

The grades of this Order were conferred in two divisions, the Military Division and the Civil Division. The Military Division awards feature crossed swords, while the Civil Division awards do not have swords.

The Order stopped being issued by the British Crown following the death of King William IV in 1837, at which time the union between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Hanover ended.

The Order continues to be awarded today and the head of the Hanoverian House, Prince Ernst August is the current chancellor.

The I Class Commander is usually not conferred upon civilians or military personnel with a rank below Major-General.


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