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Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, IV class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa IV), 1966-1989 issue
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Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, IV class (Ordinul Tudor Vladimirescu, clasa IV), 1966-1989 issue
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Large ten-point silvered star of unique design and multi-part construction, one set of graduated rays of differing lengths imposed on another; the face with a circular central medallion of stippled red enamel bearing the silvered 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; diameter 67.39mm (2.65 inches); weight 50.27 grams (1.77oz). The Order was instituted on 13 April 1966 in five classes and two medals soon after Nicolae Ceauşescu 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 Ceauşescu era. Vladimirescu was executed by the Greeks at Târgovişte on 7 June 1821, ironically the same place where Ceauşescu

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