Royal Order of Cambodia, commander (Ordre Royal du Cambodge, commandeur), current issue
Large eight-pointed gilt metal star, each point comprising seven faceted chiselled rays, on Cambodian crown suspension with ornate loop for neck ribbon; the face with an oval medallion imposed centrally bearing the gilt royal arms within a red ring; the reverse plain; height overall 155mm (6.1 inches), the star 84.27mm (3.3 inches) in height and 71.18mm (2.8 inches) wide; some loss of colour, the tip of the upper right point now absent; on a length of display ribbon. The Order was founded on 8 February 1864 by King Norodom I once the establishment of a French protectorate had enabled him to disengage from tutelage to Siam (Thailand) and was awarded for outstanding service, both military and civil. It was a French colonial order from 1896 to 1948 and suppressed in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge, though it continued to be awarded by King Norodom Sihanouk whilst in exile. With the restoration of the monarchy in 1993, it became again Cambodia’s highest award. An impressive piece.
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