Order of Merit (Chile)

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Order of Merit
(Orden del Mérito)
Klenod till kedja, för kommendör med kedja (El Collar) av Al meritoorden, Chile - Livrustkammaren - 78507.tif
Awarded by Republic of Chile
Type Order of merit
Status Current
President President of Chile
Grades Grand Cross with Collar
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Member

The Order of Merit (Spanish: Orden del Mérito) is a Chilean military order and was created in 1929. Succeeding the Medal of the Merit, which was created during the term of the President Germán Riesco through the Minister of War decree No. 1350 on September 4, 1906. This new national distinction was created to recognise the meritorious service provided by foreign military personnel to Chilean officials.

The first 200 military medals were minted in gold and silver, giving them the title of First and Second Class. They were minted at the Casa de la Moneda, having a tricolor ribbon. The order had three classes: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class; but later a new class was added (Grand Officer) that would be awarded to heads of state.

In 1925, all the classes were renamed to:

  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross with Collar (Spanish: Collar de la Gran Cruz)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross (Spanish: Gran Cruz)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Officer BAR.png Grand Officer (Spanish: Gran Oficial)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Commander BAR.png Commander (Spanish: Comendador)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Officer BAR.png Officer (Spanish: Oficial)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Knight BAR.png Member (Spanish: Miembro)

The order is only awarded to foreigners.

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