Variation coding Scandinavian orders

 

Please note: The ID numbering refers to the definitions at www.ordersandmedals.net. If you have a new type, then send a picture on an e-mail to orders@ordersandmedals.net and get it registered.

 

In order to clearly identify the various differences between the St Olav orders (and others) one has to create a system that is unique and also caters for unexpected additions of new variations. Several methods have been looked at and eventually a system was selected that not only caters for the St Olav orders, but also can be used for all the Scandinavian orders.

 

In the following the system is explained. The purpose is two-fold. Firstly to have a unique number and secondly to be able to read from the code which order it is. A typical version of the code is as follows:

 

NStK1D07*aM

 

By splitting up the different segments one can more easily see the logic behind it.

 

N   St   K1   D07   *   a   M

 

First segment N:

This is simply the country code.

D – Denmark

F – Finland

I – Iceland

N – Norway

S – Sweden

 

Second segment St:

This a short code for each order in question.

Da – Dannebrog

El – Elephant

Fa – Icelandic Falcon

Li – Finnish Lion

NL – Norwegian Lion

NS – North Star

Se – Seraphimer

St – St Olav

Sw – Sword

Wa – Wasa

 

Third segment K1:

This is a short code for the type of order.

CL – Collar

CB – Commander badge

CG – Commander or Grand Cross Badge if they are similar

CS – Commander star

GB – Grand Cross badge

GS – Grand Cross Star

K1 – Knight 1

K2 – Knight 2

MI – Miniature

MS – Miniature in silver

 

Fourth segment D07:

This is simply the year and follows the numbering defined by Swedish Jewellers. This year will also be guided by the next segment. So D06 = 1882.

 

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

A

1759

1783

1807

1831

1855

1879

1903

1927

1951

1975

1999

B

1760

1784

1808

1832

1856

1880

1904

1928

1952

1976

2000

C

1761

1785

1809

1833

1857

1881

1905

1929

1953

1977

2001

D

1762

1786

1810

1834

1858

1882

1906

1930

1954

1978

2002

E

1763

1787

1811

1835

1859

1883

1907

1931

1955

1979

2003

F

1764

1788

1812

1836

1860

1884

1908

1932

1956

1980

2004

G

1765

1789

1813

1837

1861

1885

1909

1933

1957

1981

2005

H

1766

1790

1814

1838

1862

1886

1910

1934

1958

1982

2006

I

1767

1791

1815

1839

1863

1887

1911

1935

1959

1983

2007

K

1768

1792

1816

1840

1864

1888

1912

1936

1960

1984

2008

L

1769

1793

1817

1841

1865

1889

1913

1937

1961

1985

2009

M

1770

1794

1818

1842

1866

1890

1914

1938

1962

1986

2010

N

1771

1795

1819

1843

1867

1891

1915

1939

1963

1987

2011

O

1772

1796

1820

1844

1868

1892

1916

1940

1964

1988

2012

P

1773

1797

1821

1845

1869

1893

1917

1941

1965

1989

2013

Q

1774

1798

1822

1846

1870

1894

1918

1942

1966

1990

2014

R

1775

1799

1823

1847

1871

1895

1919

1943

1967

1991

2015

S

1776

1800

1824

1848

1872

1896

1920

1944

1968

1992

2016

T

1777

1801

1825

1849

1873

1897

1921

1945

1969

1993

2017

U

1778

1802

1826

1850

1874

1898

1922

1946

1970

1994

2018

V

1779

1803

1827

1851

1875

1899

1923

1947

1971

1995

2019

X

1780

1804

1828

1852

1876

1900

1924

1948

1972

1996

2020

Y

1781

1805

1829

1853

1877

1901

1925

1949

1973

1997

2021

Z

1782

1806

1830

1854

1878

1902

1926

1950

1974

1998

2022

 

Fifth segment *:

This segment guides the year in front.

* – Says that the year in front is the type year. Not exact year.

H – Says the year is hallmarked exact.

? – Says the year is unknown and not even the type is set.

 

Sixth segment a:

This segment starts with a and continues through z and continues with capital letters A through Z. So the number of unique possibilities becomes large.

 

Seventh segment M:

This segment is a continuation of the previous. The intention is to use a couple of fixed values to help on some issues.

M – Is for Military version as for the St Olav.

a – is for an additional counter. This by default is set to a. If the sixth counter has reached Z, then the seventh counter will move to b. Makes the possible numbers endless for all practical purposes.

 

How to use it:

The code can be used by every collector up to a certain point. The first 5 segments are for use for everyone. So NStK2M06* means a Norwegian St Olav Knight 2 from the 1890 series. One can also add an M if it is military. The last two is for defining exactly a variation type of this. If every collector starts making aa’s and so forth then chaos would apply to the numbering system. So for that purpose one has to accept a coordination of these exact numbers. The www.ordersandmedals.net site will define new codes. As variations to the Scandinavian orders are to be published these numbers and their corresponding variation images will be known.

 

 

N153

 

N137

N135

N139

N033

 

N131 Knight drilled holes Hammer

 

N146 later(??) Tostrup