Poland - Order Virtuti Civili

Order Virtuti Civili

Order instituted in 1792 medal by king Stanislas Augustus. The order's motto is: DIGNITAS SCUTUM LIBERORUM HOMINUM (dignity is the shield of free people).

Badge: silver cross pattée 38 x 38 mm, with concave arm sides and bases and ball finials . The arms are covered with dark blue enamel. Medallion: oval with the two line inscription VIRTUTI / CIVILI (for civilian virtue), surrounded by an open laurel wreath. Reverse: non-enameled, with the cipher LJP (Legiony Jozefa Pilsudskiego - Jozef Pilsudski's Legions). In the medallion there is Legion eagle - the Polish eagle sitting on the Amazons' shield with the letter "S" (Strzelcy - the rifles) in the middle.

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