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Order of Military Merit, I Class Cross with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco), 1975-1981 issue
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Order of Military Merit, I Class Cross with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco), 1975-1981 issue
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Gilt-edged white enamel Greek cross on swivel royal crown suspension of the post-Franco era; the face with an imposed circular central gilt-edged medallion in red, white and blue enamel and gilt metal bearing an escutcheon quarterly of Castile and Léon with Granada overall; the reverse with a circular central gilt-edged red enamel medallion imposed bearing the initials ‘MM’ (for Mérito Militar); on original ribbon with gilt ‘pasador’ top bar mounted for wear.

The Order was created by Queen Isabel II in 1864 to be awarded for military merit. The cross is of white enamel in times of peace, and of red in times of war.

This good example with royal rather than civic crown is from the post-Franco era, after to 1975 but before the current arms of Spain were adopted in 1981.

 
Order of Military Merit, I Class Cross with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco), 1975-1981 issue
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Order of Military Merit, I Class Cross with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco), 1975-1981 issue
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Order of Military Merit, I Class Cross with White Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase con Distintivo Blanco), 1975-1981 issue
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