Order of Merit, Type II, Grand Cordon Breast Star


SKU: 01.EGY.0122.102.01.001

Estimated market value:

$700+ USD

  • Grand Cordon Breast Star (with Hawk suspension, 1972-) Obverse
  • Grand Cordon Breast Star (with Hawk suspension, 1972-) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$700+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Bichay, Cairo
  • Composition
  • Inscription
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    Type II is with the with Hawk suspension.
  • Image Licensing

Physical Description and Item Details

Star, in silver gilt and enamels, 77mm, in extremely fine condition. Fine quality set of insignia, complete with sash.


The Order of Merit was instituted by Governmental Law on behalf of King Ahmad in 1953 as a general award for meritorious service. The Order is conferred in 5 classes upon Egyptian nationals as well as to foreigners who render valuable services to Egypt. The Class awarded is dependent upon the nature of recognized service and the recipient's status.

The Grand Cordon Breast Star is awarded with the Grand Cordon as the I Class. It features an obverse Arabic inscription which translates to "Merit."

There are 2 versions of the Grand Cordon Breast Star which vary by the suspension design. Early versions feature a design of an Egyptian Eagle while later versions implemented since 1972 feature a design of a United Arab Republic Hawk.

There may be variations in the design of the Eagle and Hawk suspensions. For instance, suspensions which feature a 3-coloured enamelled Republic shield and suspensions which feature 2 silver stars engraved on the shield, may be encountered. However, more research is necessary.

Type II is with the with Hawk suspension.


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