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Thank you guys. I thought it could be the 3rd Class because the Breast Star seems smaller than the Breast Star of the Grand Cross Class. But I guess it's the Grand Cross because of the sash?

To my knowledge, the Grand Cross had the Golden Breast Star, the 3rd Class also a Golden Breast Star (but smaller size than the Grand Cross) and the 2nd Class had the Silver Breast Star.

Or did I understand it wrong?

The link Antonio posted shows that only the Grand Cross and the 3rd Class had the Breast Stars. What about the 2nd Class?

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For this Order, the denominations vary according to the years
1936—1970                   1970-1977
Grand Cross                  Grand Cross
3rd class cross             1st class cross
2nd class cross            2nd class cross
1st class cross             3rd class cross
Silver cross                   4th class cross
For this periods the crosses of 2nd and 3rd class have the same size, approximately 65-70 mm
The 2nd class wear the silver bottom, arms, rectangles, crown, castles and lions in silver.
The 3rd Class (after 1st) carry the gold background, arms, rectangles and gold crown; Castles and lions in silver.

Grand Cross is the sash badge plus the 3rd class (or 1st class) plaque

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21 minutes ago, Antonio Prieto said:

For this Order, the denominations vary according to the years
1936—1970                   1970-1977
Grand Cross                  Grand Cross
3rd class cross             1st class cross
2nd class cross            2nd class cross
1st class cross             3rd class cross
Silver cross                   4th class cross
For this periods the crosses of 2nd and 3rd class have the same size, approximately 65-70 mm
The 2nd class wear the silver bottom, arms, rectangles, crown, castles and lions in silver.
The 3rd Class (after 1st) carry the gold background, arms, rectangles and gold crown; Castles and lions in silver.

Grand Cross is the sash badge plus the 3rd class (or 1st class) plaque

So the Grand Cross, 3rd Class and 2nd Class all had the Breast Stars (1936-1970 period)?

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