Order of the Crown of Italy
Ordine della Corona d'Italia
- Order instituted on 20 February 1868 by King Vittorio Emanuele II, to commemorate the unification of Italy in 1861.
- Order awarded to civilian and military for merits.
- Order have five classes.
- The badge of the order is a gilt cross with curved edges, enamelled in white, with the so-called Savoy knots between the arms of the cross. The obverse central disc featured the Iron Crown of Lombardy on a blue enamel backbround. The reverse central disc had a black-enamelled eagle bearing the Savoy cross on a golden background.
- The star of the Grand Cross was an eight-pointed faceted silver star; the central disc featured the Iron Crown on a blue enamelled background, surrounded by a white enamel ring bearing the inscription VICT. EMMAN. II REX ITALIAE MDCCCLXVI (Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy, 1866). There was a black-enamelled eagle bearing the Savoy cross above the star.