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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Gilt cross flory (Cross of Aviz) with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the five escutcheons from the Portuguese coat of arms on a stippled ground within a ring inscribed ‘LEGIÃO PORTUGUESA · MERITO’, the arms stippled; the reverse plain gilt; on replaced incorrect ribbon with original gilt buckle bearing a cross flory (Cross of Aviz).

The Legião Portuguesa was a paramilitary organisation founded in 1936 in support of the right-wing dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar then threatened by internal dissent and Spanish Republicans as the Civil War in neighbouring Spain flared.

Its aim was ‘defender o património espiritual da Nação e combater a ameaça comunista e o anarquismo’ (to defend the spiritual heritage of the nation and combat the threat of Communism and Anarchism).

From the 1940s, the regime’s grip on power secure, it became largely a civil defence force.  It was dissolved on 25 April 1974 after the fall of the Salazar government.

The Cross is rare.

 
Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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Cross of Merit of the Portuguese Legion, gold class (Cruz de Mérito da Legião Portuguesa, da classe de ouro)
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