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Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, I class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa I), 1966-1989 issue
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Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, I class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa I), 1966-1989 issue
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Large ten-point gilt star of unique design and multi-part construction, one set of graduated rays of differing lengths imposed on another, with gilt laurel wreath woven between the arms and set with fourteen brilliants; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the head and shoulders portrait of Tudor Vladimirescu facing left wearing the kalpak hat reserved for princes after the posthumous portrait by Theodor Aman, circumscribed ‘1821 TUDOR VLADMIRESCU’ within a circular stylised laurel leaf border; the reverse plain with pin for wear; height 69.9mm (2.75 inches); weight 41.38 grams (1.46oz). The Order was instituted on 13 April 1966 in five classes and two medals soon after Nicolae Ceau?escu became First Secretary of the Communist Party of Romania to be awarded for political merit and service to the Socialist Republic of Romania. Tudor Vladimirescu (ca 1780-1821) was a revolutionary leader who sought to overthrow the Greek Phanariot rule of the Romanian provinces subject to Ottoman overlordship. Vladimirescu had fought with Russian forces in the Russo-Turkish wars of 1806-1812 and this, together with his perceived ‘progressive’ and nationalist outlook made him the ideal Romanian hero for the early Ceau?escu era. Vladimirescu was executed by the Greeks at Târgovi?te on 7 June 1821, ironically the same place where Ceau?escu was executed in December 1989. The Order is not often found, especially in senior ranks, and this, the first class of the order, is rarely seen.

 
Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, I class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa I), 1966-1989 issue
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Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, I class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa I), 1966-1989 issue
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