Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella
The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella (Orden al Mérito de Duarte, Sánchez y Mella) is the principal order
Order (decoration)
An order or order of merit is a visible honour, awarded by a government, dynastic house or international organization to an individual, usually in recognition of distinguished service to a nation or to humanity. The distinction between orders and decorations is somewhat vague, except that most...

 of the Dominican Republic. It was established on 24 February 1931 as the Juan Pablo Duarte Order of Merit and renamed on 9 September 1954. The Head of State confer the order both to civilians and militaries for distinguished services.

Division of the Order

The order is divided in seven grades:
  • Collar is awarded to the President of the Republic
  • Grand Cross with Gold Breast Star is awarded for foreign chiefs of state and to former presidents and vice presidents
  • Grand Cross with Silver Breast Star is awarded to members of legislatures and supreme court, ministres of state, ambassadors and the metropolitan archbishop
  • Grand Officer is awarded to service chiefs and high officials of government and church
  • Commander is awarded to governors of provinces, directors general of instruction, directors of academies, dean of universities, authors and others of similar importance
  • Officer is awarded to professors and heads of schools, officers of the rank of colonel and above and civilians of equal importance
  • Knight is award to others


The collar of the Order will be solid, of platinum
Platinum is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Pt and an atomic number of 78. Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina del Pinto, which is literally translated into "little silver of the Pinto River." It is a dense, malleable, ductile, precious, gray-white transition metal...

 and gold
Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and an atomic number of 79. Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. Chemically, gold is a...

, formed for various parts, compound each one of a laurel
Bay Laurel
The bay laurel , also known as sweet bay, bay tree, true laurel, Grecian laurel, laurel tree, or simply laurel, is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, native to the Mediterranean region. It is the source of the bay leaf used in cooking...

's coronet
A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring. Unlike a crown, a coronet never has arches.The word stems from the Old French coronete, a diminutive of coronne , itself from the Latin corona .Traditionally, such headgear is – as indicated by the German equivalent...

 and of the Duarte
Juan Pablo Duarte
Juan Pablo Duarte y Díez is one of the Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic. He was a visionary and liberal thinker who along with Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Matías Ramón Mella is widely considered the architect of the Dominican Republic and its independence from Haitian rule in 1844...

, Sánchez
Francisco del Rosario Sánchez
Francisco Del Rosario Sánchez was a politician and founding father of the Dominican Republic. He is considered by Dominicans as the second leader of the 1844 Dominican War of Independence, after Juan Pablo Duarte and before Ramón Matías Mella. The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella is...

 and Mella
Ramón Matías Mella
Matías Ramón Mella, born 25 February 1816, is regarded as a national hero in the Dominican Republic. The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella is partially named in his honor....

's bust; in the center of the collar will have (in a big size and enameled in natural colors) the Coat of Arms of the Republic
Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic
The coat of arms of the Dominican Republic features a shield in similarly quartered colors as the flag, supported by a bay laurel branch and a palm frond ; above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad...

, which above will be adorned with twelve brilliant. Below, will suspended the order's badge. The laurel's coronet, the coat of arms and the badge will be adorned with precious stones.

External links

  • Secretaría de Estado de Relaciones Exteriores (Law) (In Spanish
    Spanish language
    Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...


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