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TUNIS. Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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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, Tunisian hallmarked and dated ‘1291’ (= AD1874), indicating that the star was made some time before the medallion); diameter 50.91mm (2 inches); the green enamel is rather thin in places; on original 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 locally-made example was issued in the reign of Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn (1817-1902) who was Bey of Tunis from 28 October 1882 until 11 June 1902 and was for many years in the collection of the American Numismatic Society.

 
TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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TUNIS.  Order of Nichan Iftikhar, officer, Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn Bey issue (1882-1902), Tunisian hallmarked and dated 1291 (AD1874)
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