Orders, decorations, and medals of SFR Yugoslavia

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Orders, decorations, and medals of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia were created during the Second World War and used throughout the existence of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The first decorations were created on March 15, 1943 and included the Order of the People's Hero, Order of the People's Liberation, Order of the Partisan Star, Order of the Brotherhood and Unity, Order for Bravery and Medal for Bravery.[1] By 1960 the total number of decorations increased to 42 and consisted of 35 orders, 6 medals and 1 commemorative medal. The designers of the Yugoslav orders and medals were Antun Augustinčić and Đorđe Andrejević Kun.

The original decorations are kept at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Yugoslav government requested that the decorations be given the status of "official sign" as opposed to other countries and states where the status of official control and warranty is reserved only for the national seal. With the dissolution of Yugoslavia the decorations stopped being awarded but continue to be protected by Article 6 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

Orders[edit]

Order Ribbon bar Date of establishment[2] Rank overall[3] Number awarded[2]
1. Order of the Yugoslav Star
  • Order of the Yugoslav Great Star
Order of the Yugoslavian Great Star Rib.png
1 March 1961
1
127
  • Order of the Yugoslav Star with Sash
Orden jugoslovenske zvezde2(traka).png
1 February 1954
6
159
  • Order of the Yugoslav Star with Golden Wreath
14
320
  • Order of the Yugoslav Star on Cravat
24
322
2. Order of Freedom
12 June 1945
2
7
3. Order of the People's Hero Order of the National Hero BAR.png
15 August 1943
3
1,386
4. Order of the Hero of Socialist Labour Order of the Hero of socialist labour Rib.png
8 December 1948
4
114
5. Order of the People's Liberation Order of the National liberation Rib.png
15 August 1943
5
262
6. Order of the War Banner Order of the Battle flag Rib.png
29 December 1951
7
205
7. Order of the Yugoslav Flag
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Sash (I rank)
Orden jugoslovenske zastave1(traka).png
26 November 1947
8
1,421
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Golden Wreath (II rank)
Orden jugoslovenske zastave2(traka).png
14 November 1955
19
1,300
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Golden Star on Cravat (III rank)
26 November 1947
28
1,443
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Golden Star (IV rank)
32
955
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Silver Star (V rank)
35
769
8. Order of the Partisan Star
  • Order of the Partisan Star with Golden Wreath (I rank)
Order of the partisan star with golden wreath Rib.png
15 August 1943
9
627
  • Order of the Partisan Star with Silver Wreath (II rank)
Order of the partisan star with silver wreath RIB.gif
17
1,531
  • Order of Partisan Star with Rifles (III rank)
Order of partisan star with rifles RIB.gif
29
10,384
9. Order of the Republic
  • Order of the Republic with Golden Wreath (I rank)
Order Republic Golden wreath RIB.png
2 July 1960
10
1,150
  • Order of the Republic with Silver Wreath (II rank)
18
6,310
  • Order of the Republic with Bronze Wreath (III rank)
27
11,088
10. Order of Merits for the People
  • Order of Merits for the People with Golden Star (I rank)
Order of merits for the people with golden star Rib.png
9 June 1945
11
4,668
  • Order of Merits for the People with Silver Rays (II rank)
Order of merits for the people with silver rays RIB.gif
20
39,534
  • Order of Merits for the People with Silver Star (III rank)
Order of merits for the people with silver star RIB.gif
30
282,864
11. Order of Brotherhood and Unity
  • Order of Brotherhood and Unity with Golden Wreath (I rank)
Order of the brotherhood and unity with golden wreath Rib.png
15 August 1943
12
3,870
  • Order of Brotherhood and Unity with Silver Wreath (II rank)
Order of the brotherhood and unity with silver wreath RIB.gif
21
55,675
12. Order of the People's Army
  • Order of the People's Army with Laurer Wreath (I rank)
Order of the National army with laurer wreath Rib.png
29 December 1951
13
536
  • Order of the People's Army with Golden Star (II rank)
Order of the People's Army with golden star RIB.gif
22
9,137
  • Order of the People's Army with Silver Star (III rank)
Order of the People's Army with silver star RIB.gif
31
45,384
13. Order of Labour
  • Order of Labor with Red Banner (I rank)
Order of Labour with the red flag RIB.gif
1 May 1945
15
7,096
  • Order of Labour with Golden Wreath (II rank)
Order of Labour with golden wreath RIB.gif
25
36,338
  • Order of Labour with Silver Wreath (III rank)
Order of Labour with silver wreath RIB.gif
33
182,910
14. Order of Military Merits
  • Order of Military Merits with Great Star (I rank)
Order of military merits with the great star Rib.png
29 December 1951
16
2,609
  • Order of Military Merits with Golden Swords (II rank)
Order of military merits with golden swords RIB.gif
26
24,141
  • Order of Military Merits with Silver Swords (III rank)
Order for military merits with silver swords RIB.gif
34
94,685
15. Order of Bravery Order for courageousness Rib.png
15 August 1943
23
120,636

Medals[edit]

Rank Medal Ribbon bar Date of establishment[2] Number awarded[2]
1 Medal for Bravery
Medal for Bravery RIB.gif
15 August 1943
205,590
2 Medal for Merits for the People
Medal of the Merits for the People RIB.gif
9 June 1945
430,666
3 Medal of Labour
Medal of Labour RIB.gif
1 May 1945
133,233
4 Medal for Military Merits
Medal for Military Merits RIB.gif
1 January 1952
87,699
5 Medal for Military Virtues
Medal for Military Virtues RIB.gif
29 December 1951
115,589
6 Medal for Merits
Medal for Merits RIB.gif
1955
845

Commemorative medal[edit]

Rank Commemorative medal Ribbon bar Date of establishment[2] Number awarded[2]
1 Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941
Commemorative Medal of the Partisans - 1941 RIB.png
14 September 1944
27,629

At first, the Commemorative medal of the partisans of 1941 was considered to be the lowest of rank among the orders, but later lost that status to be considered outside of the before mentioned group and listed below medals.

Other Medals[edit]

Rank Medal Ribbon bar Date of establishment[2] Number awarded[2]
"Death to fascism, freedom to the people" Medal Commemorative Medal Freedom to People - Death to Fascism RIB.gif
1965
7,960
"10 Years of Yugoslav Army" Medal 10 Years of the Yugoslav Army Medal RIB.png
1951
"20 Years of Yugoslav People's Army" Medal 20 Years of the Yugoslav Army Medal RIB.png
1961
"30 Years of Yugoslav People's Army" Medal 30 Years of the Yugoslav Army Medal RIB.png
1971
"30 Years of Victory over Fascism" Medal 30 Years of the Victory over Fascism Medal RIB.png
1975
"40 Years of Yugoslav People's Army" Medal 40 Years of Yugoslav People's Army Medal RIB.gif
1981
"50 Years of Yugoslav People's Army" Medal 50 Years of Yugoslav People's Army Medal RIB.gif
1991
Distinguished Marksman Medal Distinguished Marksman Medal RIB.gif
1953
Medal for the participants of President Tito's Visit to India and Burma of 1954-1955 President Tito's Visit to India and Burma Medal RIB.gif
1955
1,200
Medals of the Association of Yugoslav Fighters in the International Brigades in Spain (two medals awarded together) Medal of the Association of Yugoslav Fighters in the International Brigades in Spain RIB.gif
1956
250 each
UNICEF Medal UNICEF Medal (SFRY) RIB.png
1958

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