Greece - Kingdom of: Royal Order of the Phoenix, Grand Cross 1st Class, comprising sash badge in silver, silver-gilt and enamels and breast star in silver and silver-gilt, both of Second World War period manufacture by Spink and Son, housed in its fitted presentation case. Lacking sash ribbon. Extremely Rare in this form and grade.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine
The Order of the Phoenix was instituted by the Greek Republican government on 13 May 1926 to replace the Royal Order of George I and was awarded exclusively to eminent non-Greeks who had served the cause of Greece. When the monarchy was restored in 1935, the Order was retained, prefixed ‘Royal’, the phoenix was crowned and its award to Greek citizens approved for outstanding merit in the fields of arts, letters, science, commerce, industry and public life. With abolition of the monarchy in 1973, the prefix and crown were discarded but the Order continues to be awarded to this day.