The Royal Victorian Order, Grand Cross

SKU: 01.GBR.0112.103.01

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  • Grand Cross Obverse
  • Grand Cross Obverse
  • Grand Cross Obverse
  • Grand Cross Reverse
  • Grand Cross Reverse
  • Grand Cross Reverse Detail
  • Grand Cross Set in Case of Issue

Attributes

  • country
    Great Britain
  • date of institution
    April 21, 1896
  • makers
    Collingwood, London
  • remarks
    The Royal Victorian Chain is often associated with the Royal Victorian Order but it is not an official grade of the Order.

History


The Royal Victorian Order was established by Queen Victoria in 1896 as a personal gift that could be conferred without approval from ministers. The British Sovereign is the head of the Order who appoints a Grand Master- normally a member of the British Royal Family.

The Order is conferred in recognition of meritorious service to the Sovereign or other members of the Royal Family. Foreigners may be admitted to the Order, and women have been admitted since 1936. There are no limitations on membership.

Members of the first class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters GCVO, members of the second class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters KCVO or DCVO, members of the third class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters CVO, members of the fourth class are entitled to use the post-nominal letters LVO, and Members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters MVO. Recipients of the Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters RVM. Members of the first and second classes are also entitled to use the formal title “Knight” or “Dame.”

The motto of the Order is “VICTORIA.”

The Grand Cross is worn by Knights and Dames Grand Cross on less formal occasions with a sash and breast star. The sash is 101mm for Knights and 57mm wide for Dames. The obverse features the imperial cypher of Queen Victoria with initials that stand for “Victoria Regina Imperatrix” (Victoria, Queen, Empress).

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Versions

  • Price

    $1000+ USD

  • Composition

    Silver-gilt/Enamelled

  • Inscription

    Obv: VRI VICTORIA Rev: [SERIAL NUMBER]

  • Size

    72-76mm

  • Maker

    Collingwood, London

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Kaotik commented on Report | Click to reply above
What does the 28 mean on the example pictured here?

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