ORDERS AND DECORATIONS OF POLAND|
Republic of Poland since 1990
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Instituted by the regulation of the Minister of Culture of July 20, 2006, based on the Law on clultural activities of October 25, 1991. Conferred in three classes (gold - worn as a cravat decoration, silver and bronze) to Polish and foreign nationals and organizations for merit rendered to Polish culture, as well as for supporting Polish culture and art abroad and strengthening cultural relations between Poland and other countries. The award is conferred on behalf of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Gold Medal obverse: rosette 70 mm of diameter, of seven irregular petals, gilt and covered with dark green enamel. A crowned gilt eagle is superimposed on the center. Reverse medallion: non-enameled with the head of a female with a laurel wreath and a scroll inscribed "GLORIA ARTIS" (glory to the arts) above.
Silver Medal: as above, but 55 mm, silver and dark blue enameled. Bronze Medal: as above, but 40 mm, bronze and dark red enameled. Gold Medal ribbon: 50 mm, dark green with a central stripe of white and red; Silver Medal ribbon: 35 mm, dark blue with a central stripe of white and red; Bronze Medal ribbon: 35 mm, dark crimson with a central stripe of white and red.
Instituted by the Ministry Council on August 11, 1969, renewed on April 12, 1994. Conferred in a single class to Polish and foreign nationals and organizations for merit rendered to Polish culture, as well as for supporting Polish culture and art abroad and strengthening cultural relations between Poland and other countries. The award is conferred on behalf of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Badge: rosette 32 mm of diameter, gilt and covered with dark red enamel. Medallion: letters RP (PRL until 1990) on white background; the white ring bears the inscription ZASLUZONY DLA KULTURY POLSKIEJ (for merit for Polish culture. The reverse is plain.
Suspension: vertical brooch, 13 x 41 mm, enameled half white, half red, with a single crowned (until 1990 uncrowned) eagle at the top.
(Odznaka honorowa "Bene Merito")
Instituted by regulation of the Prime Minister of Poland of November 5, 2009. Awarded in one class by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Polish or foreign citizens to recognize their activities aiming at strengthening of the position of Poland on the international arena. It can be awarded only once.
Badge: bronze medal, 38 mm of diameter. Obverse: a crowned Polish eagle, surrounded by a ring inscribed "BENE MERITO : MSZ RP" (Minisrerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych RP - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Polish Republic). Reverse: parts of the word "Poland" in French, Italian, Polish, Russian, German and English.
Ribbon: 38 mm, ruby red with ivory edges.
(Odznaka honorowa "Za Zaslugi dla Ochrony Praw Czlowieka")
Instituted by regulation of the President of Poland of November 2, 2009. Awarded in one class to Polish or foreign citizens, as well as to institutions and organizations in Poland or abroad for extraordinary achievements in defense of human rights. The award is conferred by the Office of Spokesman of Human Rights (Ombudsman). It can be awarded only once.
Badge: medal of sterling silver, 32 mm of diameter. Obverse: an ancient temple with human figures instead of columns, circumscribed: "IUSTITIAS VESTRAS IUDICABO" (I shall be judging your justice), with a floral emblem underneath. Reverse: a two-line minuscule inscription: "Hominum / Causa" (men's sake), circumscribed: "RZECZNIK PRAW OBYWATELSKICH" (Human Rights Spokesman), with an "RP" (Republic of Poland) cipher underneath.
Ribbon: 36 mm, olive green with dark blue side stripes.
(Odznaka honorowa "Za Zaslugi dla Ochrony Praw Dziecka")
Instituted by regulation of the President of Poland of February 15, 2013. Awarded in one class to Polish or foreign citizens, as well as to institutions and organizations in Poland or abroad for extraordinary achievements in defense of the rights of children. The award is conferred by the Office of Child's Rights Spokesman. It can be awarded only once.
Badge: silver medal, 32 mm of diameter. Obverse: an image of Janusz Korczak, with a Latin inscription "INFANTIS DIGNITATIS DEFENSORI" (to the defender of child's rights) around. Reverse: a tree with a young twig at the bottom, circumscribed: "RZECZNIK PRAW DZIECKA" (Human Rights Spokesman), with an "RP" (Republic of Poland) cipher underneath.
Ribbon: 36 mm, azure blue with a white central stripe, flanked by narrower stripes of crimson.
(Odznaka honorowa "Zasluzony dla Wynalazczosci")
Instituted by decision of the Govenment of March 2, 1979 as the Meritorious Inventor and Rationalizer Decoration. Renewed on November 28, 1995 and amended on May 27, 2003. Conferred in one grade to the people whose inventions and ideas contributed to the development of science and technology.
Badge 1979: a gilt rosette, 30 mm of diameter. The red enamele central medallion depicts, a gearwheel, scales, calculator and a flask, surrounded by a white enameled ring, inscribed "ZASLUZONY DLA WYNALAZCZOSCI". The reverse is blank.
Suspension: a gilt bar, 25 mm x 10 mm, enameled white and red.
Badge 2003: round gilt medal, 32 mm of diameter, with natural amber inside. I the center there is a disk with the national eagle inside; the edge is circumscribed "RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA" (Polish Republic). Reverse: a two-line inscription: "ZA ZASLUGI DLA WYNALAZCZOSCI"
Suspension: a gilt bar, 24 mm x 14 mm, of three stylized laurel leaves.
(Medal Komisji Edukacji Narodowej)
Instituted in September 1967, amended in 1991 and 2000. Conferred in a single class by Minister of Education to teachers and other people connected with education for outstanding merit in the field of education. Named in honor of the first Polish ministry of education, established in 18th century.
Badge: bronze medal, 36 mm of diameter. Obverse: an open book with a vertical laurel spray through the middle, circumscribed MEDAL KOMISJI : EDUKACJI NARODOWEJ. Reverse: three row inscription POLSKA / RZECZPOSPOLITA / LUDOWA (People's Republic of Poland), substituted by RZECZPOSPOLITA / POLSKA (Republic of Poland) in 1991; the inscription has laurel sprays above and below.
Ribbon: 35 mm, red with a narrow white central stripe and broader
(Odznaka "Honorowy Dawca Krwi - Zasluzony dla Zdrowia Narodu")
Instituted by the Parliament on August 22, 1997, replacing the honorary title Meritorious to National Health awarded until 1992. The decoration is conferred to honorary blood donors who have donated 25 (males) or 20 (females) liters of blood. The actual badge was introduced by a regulation of the Minister of Health of March 11, 2005.
Badge 1997-2005 (never awarded): gilt, white enameled Maltese cross, 45 x 45 mm, with a small red cross in the center. Between the arms there are gold rays on which four snakes (the symbol of medical services) are superimposed. The non-emaled reverse bears a six-line inscription HONOROWY / DAWCA / KRWI / ZASLUZONY / DLA ZDROWIA / NARODU.
Badge 2005: a silver cross, 35 mm in diameter, of six arms, with a small red enameled cross on the lower one, surmounted by a floral emblem. The reverse bears a six-line inscription HONOROWY / DAWCA / KRWI / ZASLUZONY / DLA ZDROWIA / NARODU.
Ribbon: 37 mm, white with wide dark blue side stripes.
(Odznaka Za zaslugi w zwalczaniu powodzi)
Instituted by decision of the government of February 2, 1961, altered in 1984. Conferred in two grades (gold and silver) for outstanding deeds during flood fighting as well as for merit in anti-flood protection. Until 1973 the decoration was awarded by Prime Minister, since then by Minister of Agriculture, and since 1984 by Minister of Water Resources. Until 1984 the decoration was worn on the right breast; since then it has been worn on the left breast, together with other decorations.
Badge: gilt and silvered round medal, 40 mm of diameter. Obverse: a male figure kneeing on a dam, with a plant and a house on the left, and swelling water on the right. The whole is circumscribed by the inscription ZA ZASLUGI W ZWALCZANIU POWODZI (for merit in flood fighting), with a small lozenge at the bottom. The reverse is plain. Until 1984 the badge had a holder for suspension, replaced then by an ordinary ring.
Suspension prior to 1984: a light blue enameled trapezium metal
bar, 40 x 8 mm, with a horizontal metal pinstripe through the center and
an open laurel wreath in the middle. The wreath and other metal parts were
gilt or silvered respectively. The reverse had a safety pin for mounting.
When the ribbon bar alone was worn, it was 37 mm, light blue.
Suspension subsequent to 1984: a ribbon, 30 mm, blue with broad black (inner) and red (outer) side stripes.
Instituted on June 22, 1984 by Ministry Council as the Decoration of Honor for Merit in Mining Industry of the People's Republic of Poland, renewed in December 1995. Conferred in three grades (gold, silver, bronze) to miners and other workers of mining industry, as well as to other individuals who have rendered merit for mining industry. The decoration is worn on the right side of chest.
Badge: gilt, silver or bronze openwork medallion, 37 mm of diameter, showing two crossed hammers, surrounded by a toothed wheel in the lower, and a laurel wreath in the upper part. The half toothed wheel is insctibed ZASLUZONY DLA GORNICTWA RP (PRL until 1990). The reverse is plain. Ribbon Originally 36, later 30 mm, of two stripes of black (inner) and green (outer - the colors of Polish mining industry), separated by a narrow half white half red stripe in the center. The decoration is attached with a metal brooch, originally plain, later with laurel leaves, in the same color as the badge itself, from which the ribbon suspends.
Instituted on November 13, 1954. Conferred in three grades (gilt, silver and bronze) for 50, 35 and 25 years of continuous work in mining industry. The decoration is worn on the right side of chest.
Badge: gilt, silver or bronze medal, 32.5 mm of diameter, showing a miner at work and circumscribed ODZNAKA ZA DLUGOLETNIA PRACE W GORNICTWIE (decoration for long work in mining industry) and the number 50, 35 or 25 respectively, between two small stars. Reverse is plain.
Suspension: brooch 28 x 7 mm, in the same color as the medal, with two crossed hammers superimposed on it.
(Odznaka "Zasluzony dla Polskiej Geologii")
Instituted by the Government on January 12, 1979, amended in 1997. Conferred originally in two classes (gold and and silver), since 1997 in one (gold), for outstanding merit to geology and geological sciences. The decoration is conferred by the Minister of Environmental Protection, Forrestry and Natural Resources.
Badge: hexagonal, 30 mm in diameter. The obverse depicts a white enameled outline map of poland on dark green background. Inside there is a drill and crossed hammers, with a laurel spray running through the center. The map is circumscribed ZASLUZONY DLA : POLSKIEJ GEOLOGII. The reverse is blank.
Suspension: 30 x 8 m, composed of two enameled horizontal stripes: dark green (upper) and black (lower). The reverse has a mounting pin.
(Odznaka "Zasluzony dla Energetyki")
Instituted by decision of the Government of August 18, 1976 in three classes (gold, silver and bronze); renewed in February 1998 in one class (gold), and on November 30, 2001 (new silver medal). Conferred for long and efficioent work in energy industry. It can also be conferred to members of scientific centers who contributed to development of energy industry, as well as to foreign nationals.
Badge 1976: round medal, 30 mm in diameter. The white central medalion depicts a blue stylized letter "E" crossed by a lightning, surrounded by the inscription ZASLUZONY : DLA ENERGETYKI and is surrounded by a golden, silver or bronse ring made up of turbine blades. The badge conferred to institutions (until 1998 - only gold) was larger (37 mm) and had a ribbon suspension. Suspension: 1976 - rectangular matal bar, 25 x 8 mm with an ornament in the form of laurel sprays; suspension to badges conferred to organizations - ribbon 30 mm, of two stripes of black (inner) and yellow gold (outer - the colors of Polish energy industry), separated by a narrow half white half red stripe in the center, suspending from a gilt recrangular brooch with laurel sprays. Suspension: 1998 - 30 x 10 mm, gilt with the enameled coat of arms of the Republic superimposed on white and red enameled ribbon.
Badge 2001: silver round medal, 33 mm of diameter, depicting a power supply pylon on light blue background and a scroll, inscribed "ZA ZASLUGI DLA ENERGETYKI" below. The reverse is blank except the letters "RP".
Ribbon:30 mm, black with a narrow stripe of white and red and wide yelow edges.
(Odznaka honorowa "Zasluzony dla Lesnictwa")
Instituted by decision of the Minister of Forrestry and Woodwork Industry of December 19, 1974, originally as the Decoration for Merit to Forrestry and Woodwork Industry (Za Zaslugi dla Lesnictwa i Przemyslu Drzewnego). Renewed by decision of the Government of December 2, 1997. Conferred in a single grade to individuals or organizations for outstanding merit to forrestry.
Badge 1974: stylized spruce spray of white metal with a ring circumscribed ZASLUZONY DLA LESNICTWA : I PRZEMYSLU DRZEWNEGO on it. The reverse is blank.
Badge 1997: 25 x 40 mm, stylized oak leaf and pine spray made of silver metal with a ring circumscribed ZASLUZONY : DLA LESNICTWA on it. The reverse is blank.
Suspension: 1974 - roll of paper with a red enameled rectangle with an uncrowned eagle in the center; 1997 - 25 mm long with the wooden balk with the red enameled coat of arms of Poland on it.
(Odznaka honorowa "Zasluzony dla Rolnictwa")
Instituted by decision of the Government of July 10 1970, as the Meritorious Agricultural Worker Decoration. Renewed on December 19, 1996. Conferred on grade for outstanding merit in development of agriculture or in veterinary service.
Badge 1970: stylized golden eight pointed star 36 mm in diameter. The central medallion dwpicts a yellow corn spike on green background, with a tractor below; the red ring bears the circumscription: ZASLUZONY PRACOWNIK : ROLNICTWA (meritorious agricultural worker). the reverse is plain. Suspension: golden rectangle 23 x 5 mm, with the motive of two stylized corn spikes.
Badge 1996: silver medal, 30 mm in diameter. Obverse: dwo hands holding a heap of soil with a young green enameled plant growing from it; on the right there is a three line inscription: ZASLUZONY / DLA / ROLNICTWA. Reverse: plain. Suspension: enameled coat of arms of the Republic superimposed on white and red enameled ribbon. The badge is worn on the right breast.
(Odznaka honorowa "Za Zaslugi dla Ochrony Srodowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej")
Instituted by decision of Government of May 28, 1985. Conferred by the Minister of Ecology in two classes (gold and silver), for outstanding merit to ecology and water conservation in Poland. By the regulation of October 14, 2003, it was altered and reduced to one class.
Badge 1985: round medal, 32 mm in diameter. Obverse: a map of Poland with the sun rising behind. On the map there is a figure of half man - half tree. The whole is surrounded by the ring circumscribed ZA ZASLUGI : DLA OCHRONY SRODOWISKA I GOSPODARKI WODNEJ. The reverse is blank.
Suspension: an orange enameled bar, 25 x 5 mm.
Badge 2003: round silver and gilt medallion, 35 mm of diameter, depicting a rising sun on the water, and circumscribed "ZA ZASLUGI DLA OCHRONY SRODOWISKA : I GOSPODARKI WODNEJ". The reverse is blank, except the words "MINISTERSTWO SRODOWISKA" (Ministry of Environment) and has a safety pin for mounting.