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DJIBOUTI. Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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Ten-pointed faceted silver star with silver gilt five-pointed stars between the arms, on swivel crown suspension surmounted by a crescent; the face with a circular central blue enamel medallion imposed bearing a five-pointed silver gilt star, encircled by a red enamel ring inscribed in gilt Arabic letters; the reverse plain; diameter 50.82mm (2 inches); on original ribbon with rosette denoting an award of the officer class. The Order was instituted in 1887 by the Sultan of Tadjourah, Hamed-ben-Mohamed, to “perpetuate the happy moment when he and his people placed themselves under the protection of glorious France”. The Order became a French Colonial Order by the decrees of 10 and 23 May 1896 and on 5 December 1899 the original red ribbon with two blue and white stripes to each side was replaced by the ribbon seen on this example. The Order became defunct on 3 December 1963. Tadjourah is a district of Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. An excellent example of this rare colonial order, for many years in the collection of the American Numismatic Society.

 
DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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DJIBOUTI.  Order of Nichan el Anouar, officer (Ordre du Nichan el Anouar, officier)
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