Greece: Royal Order of the Phoenix, Commander 3rd Class neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, King George II issue 1936-1947.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
The Order of the Phoenix was instituted by the Greek Republican government on 13th 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. This very fine example is from the reign of King George II, 1936-1947.