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TUNIS. Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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Ten-pointed silver star, alternate faceted arms enamelled red and green, with graduated chiselled rays between the arms, with three-looped silver bow suspension; the face with a circular central green enamel medallion bearing the tughra of Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn in silver Arabic characters within a faceted silver border; the reverse plain, marked ‘١٢’ (= 12) indicating that this example dates from 1895-1896 (twelfth year of the reign of Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn); diameter 49.01mm (1.93 inches); a small loss of green enamel from the upper left of the central medallion; on original somewhat tired ribbon with rosette denoting an award of the officer class. The Order, whose name means ‘The Order of Victory’, was instituted in 1837 by Ahmad I ibn Mustafa, Bey of Tunis and reformed in 1857 by his successor Muhammad II ibn al-Husayn. It was effectively the National Order of Tunis from its foundation until its suppression after independence in 1957. This good locally-made example is from the reign of Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn (1817-1902) who was Bey of Tunis from 28 October 1882 until 11 June 1902.

 
TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902)
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