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Poland, Order of the Grunwald Cross, 3rd class, mid-1940s - 1992.

In silver; measures 51.0 mm in height incl. eyelet, 45.6 mm in width; weighs 21.0 g not including the jump ring and ribbon. A very elegant and nicely made piece. The center displays emblem of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald in which combined forces of Polish Kingdom and Grand Duchy of Lithuania (with assistance from Kingdom of Moldavia, a Czech mercenary contingent and even a Tatar cavalry force from the Golden Horde) inflicted devastating defeat upon the German Teutonic knights. The reverse shows dates "1410 - 1944" and characters KG (for Krzyza Grunwaldu).

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In silver; measures 51.0 mm in height incl. eyelet, 45.6 mm in width; weighs 21.0 g not including the jump ring and ribbon. A very elegant and nicely made piece. The center displays emblem of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald in which combined forces of Polish Kingdom and Grand Duchy of Lithuania (with assistance from Kingdom of Moldavia, a Czech mercenary contingent and even a Tatar cavalry force from the Golden Horde) inflicted devastating defeat upon the German Teutonic knights. The reverse shows dates "1410 - 1944" and characters KG (for Krzyza Grunwaldu).

Excellent condition. There are only some miniscule dings, mostly on the reverse, no significant scratches, edge knocks or other noticeable wear. The eyelet is slightly bent (this appears hugely exaggerated in our enlarged photos) but remains sound. The raised details are perfect and crisp on both sides. Comes with what appears to be original jump ring and nicely preserved old ribbon.

This decoration is among the first and highest awards of communist Poland. Introduced in November 1943 by the communist-led underground organization Gwardia Ludowa ("People's Guard"), it was officially recognized by the new Polish government during the following year. The award existed in three classes, its highest first class being awarded exclusively to top military leaders, with only 71 bestowed as of 1983. Even the third class was awarded very sparingly: there had been only 5321 issues by 1983 according to the Polskie Ordery i Odznaczenia by Wanda Bigoszewska (C. 1989, Warsaw).
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