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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
[YU256]
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Silver and white enamel cross flory, each arm consisting of five rays, the central ray ball-tipped, with green enamel laurel wreath between the arms, on oval green enamel laurel wreath suspension; the face with a circular central white enamel medallion bearing the multi-coloured Serbian crown within a raised ribbed circular silver border; the reverse with a circular central white enamel medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Alexander and dated 3-X 1929 (3 October 1929) within a raised ribbed circular silver border; very slight chips to the longest upper arm of the face and the longest upper and right arms of the reverse; on replaced correct trifold ribbon. The Order was instituted on 5 April 1930 to be awarded to those who gave exceptional service to the Crown, the state and, especially, the unity of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was created after World War I and known originally as the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, although it also contained Montenegrins, Macedonians, Albanians, Bosniaks and others. Tensions between Croats, who had been under Austro-Hungarian rule, and Serbs who had become independent of Ottoman rule in the 19th Century were evident from the outset, once there was no exterior enemy to unite against. Differences of language, alphabet, religion, economic development and culture that exploded in 1990s were already increasingly evident in 1929 when King Alexander suspended the Constitution, banned political parties and changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia. The Order was abolished in 1945. A very fine example of an increasingly rare order.

 
Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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Order of the Yugoslav Crown, knight
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