ALBANIA

The House of Zogu

ORDERS & DECORATIONS

The Grand Collar of Albania - collar and badge.

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The Order of Fidelity: Grand Cordon, breast star (L) and sash badge (R).
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The Order of Fidelity: Commander, neck badge.

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The Order of Fidelity (Urdhëri Besa): founded by King Zog I when President of Albania on 22nd December 1926. Awarded in four classes (1. Grand Cordon with star-Kordon i Madh me Yll and limited to six ordinary recipients of Albanian nationality, unlimited to foreigners, 2. Grand Officer-Oficer i Madh, 3. Commander-Komandar, and 4. Knight-Kalorës) and a medal. Remodelled in 1932 and reduced to three classes (1. Grand Cordon with star-Kordon i Madh me Yll and limited to six ordinary recipients of Albanian nationality, unlimited to foreigners, 2. Commander-Komandar, and 3. Knight-Kalorës). Retained, remodelled and expanded to five classes by the Italians in 1940. Retained by King Lekas as a dynastic order.
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The Order of Skanderbeg: Grand Cordon, breast star (L) and sash badge (R).
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The Order of Skanderbeg: Grand Officer, breast star.

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The Order of Skanderbeg (Urdhëri i Skënderbeut): founded by King Zog I when President of Albania on 12th December 1925. Awarded in a superior class (Grand Collar of Albania-Kular i Madh restricted to Heads of State) and five ordinary classes (1. Grand Cordon with star-Kordon i Madh me Yll, 2. Grand Officer-Oficer i Madh, 3. Commander-Kumandar, 4. Officer-Oficer and 5. Knight-Kalorës) and a medal in three grades (1. Gold, 2. Silver and 3. Bronze). . Served as the junior order under the Zogu monarchy. Retained, remodelled and expanded by the Italians in 1940. Retained by King Leka as a dynastic order. Copyright© Christopher Buyers

The Order of Skanderbeg: Commander, neck badge.

The Order of Bravery and Military Merit (Urdhëri i Trimërisë me Meritë Ushtarak): founded by King Zog I in 1928 as a military decoration to reward bravery and distinguished services during war or in defence of the fatherland. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class or Hero-Hero, 2. Second Class or Martyr-Theror, and 3. Third Class or Brave-Trim). The first class ranked before all other decorations and medals, and came with the breast star to be worn on the left breast and a badge worn from a necklet. Obsolete.
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The Order of Bravery & Military Merit: First Class or Hero, breast star (L) and neck badge (R).
The Medal of Bravery (Medalja i Trimërisë): founded by King Zog I in 1928 as a military medal for officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Albanian military forces and gendarmerie to recognise and reward individual acts of bravery in the face of the enemy or in defence of the fatherland. Awarded in three grades (1. Gold Medal of Bravery-Medalja e Artë e Trimërisë – for acts of valour, 2. Silver Medal of Bravery-Medalja e Argjend e Trimërisë – for acts of gallantry, and 3. Bronze Medal of Bravery-Medalja e Bronz e Trimërisë – for bravery conduct).
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The Silver Medal of Bravery, obverse(L) and The Bronze Medal of Bravery, obverse(R) .

The Zog Commemorative Medal: instituted by King Zog I to commemorate his assumption of power on 24th December 1924, but later awarded as a decoration for distinguished and personal services to the sovereign. Awarded in three grades (1. gold, 2. silver, and 3. bronze). Obsolete.
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The Zogu Medal in silver, obverse(L) and The Zogu Medal in Bronze, reverse(R) .

The Decoration for Arts and Sciences: instituted by King Zog I in 1928 to reward services to the arts and for achievements in scientific merit. Awarded in a single class. Obsolete.
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