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The Order of Polonia Restituta (Polish Order Odrodzenia Polski) is a Polish Order (decoration), established on February 4, 1921. The Order can be conferred for distinguished services, both civil and military, and may also be conferred on foreigners.
The Order has five classes, namely, Grand Cross, Commander with Star, Commander, Officer and Knight.
The badge of the order is a gold Maltese cross enamelled in white. The obverse central disc bears a white eagle on red background (the coat-of-arms of Poland) surrounded by a blue ring bearing the words "Polonia Restituta". The reverse central disc bears the year 1918 (for the Communist version, 1944). It is worn on a ribbon, red with a white stripe near the edges, as a sash on the right shoulder for Grand Cross, around the neck for Commander with Star and Commander, on the left chest with rosette for Officer, and on the left chest without rosette for Knight.
The star of the order is an eight-pointed silver star with straight rays. The central disc is in white enamel, bearing the monogram "RP" (Republic of Poland) (for the Communist version, "PRL") and surrounded by a blue ring bearing the words "Polonia Restituta".
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