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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Silver-gilt and white-enamel-edged red enamel and silver Maltese cross with the silver-gilt cipher ‘C’ (for King Carol I) between the arms with flat reverse typical of Fischmeister, with laterally-pierced ball for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central red enamel medallion bearing the silver crown of Romania within a white enamel ring inscribed in gilt letters ‘PRIN NOI ÎNŞINE’ (by ourselves) and dated ’14 MARTIE 1881’ (14 March 1881); the reverse with a circular central red enamel medallion bearing the date ‘10.MAIU’ (10 May) in gilt letters within a white enamel ring with the dates ‘1866’, ‘1877’ and ‘1881’; a small chip to the white enamel of the upper right of the upper arm of the reverse and to the lower tip of the right-hand arm of the reverse; on probably replaced ribbon with rosette indicating an award of the ‘officer’ class. The Order was instituted on 10 May 1881 to be awarded for meritorious service to the newly-declared Romanian kingdom. The significance of the years is as follows: In April 1866 Carol I was asked to become Domnitor of the Principality of Romania under Ottoman suzerainty and he arrived in Bucharest, welcomed by a huge crowd, on 10 May. The Romanian Principality declared its independence from Ottoman rule on 21 May 1877. Romania proclaimed itself a kingdom on 14 March 1881. The cipher ‘C’ between the arms of the cross were for the 1881 to 1932 issue and the silver crown on the medallion of the face indicates this good example is from the period 1916 to 1932.

 
Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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Order of the Crown of Romania, officer (Ordinul Coroana României, ofiţer), 1881-1932 issue, by Karl Fischmeister of Vienna
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