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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N2589 2016-08-09T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:43:18.205Z 3G 55 Serbian Order of St. Sava, post-1903 (Min) The Order of St. Sava was instituted by King Milan I on 23 January 1883. The Order was named after the Archbishop St. Sava, from the Royal House of Nemanjic, who died at the beginning of the thirteenth century. In 1903 King Peter I of Serbia altered the reverse of the medal to include the date 1883 replacing the previous cypher of King Milan. The date also related to the proclamation of the Kingdom of Serbia (1882). Originally intended to recognise meritorious achievements of civilians, in 1914 military personnel also qualified for this honour for military merit. Serbian Order of St. Sava (post-1903) (min) silver gilt Maltese Cross, enamelled white with blue edges; ball finials at points of cross; double-headed eagles with Serbian coat of arms between arms of cross; fleur-de-lis with Royal Serbian crown at top of cross; small cross above and suspension ring obverse: polychrome enamel portrait of St. Sava wearing red and green robe; blue band around with motto of order in old Cyrillic letters: (One's own work achieves all) reverse: date 1883 on white field inside blue band with gilt wreath medal, order
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