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Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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Miniature five-pointed faceted bronze star with ball-tipped finials, with flames between the arms and with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion showing the Good Samaritan within a beaded border; the reverse plain; diameter 22.02mm (0.87 inch); on replaced correct ribbon. The Order was instituted on 27 January 1947 in the single class of ‘knight’, making it the Republic of Italy’s oldest award, to be awarded to expatriate Italians and foreign nationals ‘ricompensare quanti abbiano specialmente contribuito alla ricostruzione dell'Italia nel secondo dopoguerra’ (to recognise those who made special contributions to the reconstruction of Italy after the Second World War). Two further classes - Grand Officer and Commander - were added soon after on 3 July 1948. The Order was granted sparingly until 24 November 1978 when awards ceased. It was amended on 21 September 2001 and began to be awarded again to ‘Italian workers throughout the world’, the central band of the ribbon changed from green to red. The Order was reconstituted on 3 February 2011, being renamed the Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Order of the Star of Italy), and expanded to five classes. It is currently awarded for the preservation and promotion of Italian national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy.

 
Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, knight (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, cavaliere), 1947-2001 issue, miniature
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