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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Silver-gilt-edged white enamel cross pattée with green and red enamel oak and laurel wreath between the arms, on laterally pierced ball-suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the polychrome head of Saint Agatha within a white enamel ring inscribed in gilt letters ‘SANT’ AGATA PROTETTRICE’ (Saint Agatha protector); the reverse with a central circular blue enamel medallion bearing the silver-gilt arms of San Marino in relief within a white enamel ring inscribed in gilt letters ‘BENE MERENTI’ (well merited); with ‘950’ and ‘25’ plus a griffon silver hallmarks on the base; on original ribbon with rosette denoting an award of the ‘officer’ class. With a miniature of similar design, width 15mm (0.6 inch); with a lapel buttonhole rosette; in original fitted embossed case of issue, the arms of San Marino in gilt on the lid, slight scuff marks. The Order of Saint Agatha was instituted on 5 June 1923 to be awarded for outstanding civil or military services to the Republic of San Marino and for notable achievements in the fields of arts, sciences and politics and for notable charitable works. Saint Agatha is, with Saint Marinus, patron saint of the Republic. Saint Agatha was born in Sicily and tortured and martyred in Catania in AD251 for her refusal to submit to the advances of Quintianus, a consular official. San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Vatican City and Monaco). Founded by Saint Marinus, in AD301, it is the oldest surviving republic in existence. A ruggedly mountainous country, it is completely surrounded by Italy and has a population of less than 30,000, with another 5,000 Sammarinese citizens resident abroad. For this reason, its orders are scarce. This older example is much the best we have ever seen.

 
Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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Order of Saint Agatha, officer (Ordine Equestre di Sant’ Agata, ufficiale) with miniature and buttonhole rosette in fitted embossed case of issue
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