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Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, knight, in gold, miniature (Real y Distinguida Orden Española de Carlos III, caballero, en oro, miniatura)
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Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, knight, in gold, miniature (Real y Distinguida Orden Española de Carlos III, caballero, en oro, miniatura)
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Miniature gold and white enamel Maltese cross with ball-tipped finials, the arms with gold-edged blue enamel panels, gold fleurs-de-lys between the arms, on gold and light blue enamel laurel wreath suspension and gold ribbon ring; the face with an imposed central yellow-ground oval medallion on which is imposed a representation of the Immaculate Conception, all within a gold-edged deep blue enamel ring; the reverse with an imposed central light-blue-ground oval medallion with the cipher of King Carlos III in black, all within a gold-edged white enamel ring inscribed ‘VIRTUTI ET MERITO’ (Bravery and Merit) in black letters; small loss of blue enamel from the upper right arm of the face, a chip to the white enamel of the ring of the reverse at the letter ‘E’ in ‘ET’ and to the left tip of the upper arm and the lower tip of the right-hand arm of the reverse; height excluding the ribbon ring 33.52mm (1.32 inch), width 20.02mm (0.79 inch), weight 6.06 grams (0.213 oz); lacking ribbon. The Order was instituted on 19 September 1771 to acknowledge outstanding acts benefitting Spain and the Crown and has been Spain’s highest civilian award since its inception.

 
Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, knight, in gold, miniature (Real y Distinguida Orden Española de Carlos III, caballero, en oro, miniatura)
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Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, knight, in gold, miniature (Real y Distinguida Orden Española de Carlos III, caballero, en oro, miniatura)
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Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, knight, in gold, miniature (Real y Distinguida Orden Española de Carlos III, caballero, en oro, miniatura)
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