Military Medal: D. Afonso Henriques Medal

The D. AFONSO HENRIQUES MEDAL – ARMY MERIT (Medalha de D. Afonso Henriques – Mérito do Exército), created in October, 11th, 1985, awards military and civilian personnel, national or foreign, which reveal, technically and professionally, high competence, extraordinary performance and relevant personal qualities, significantly contributing to the efficiency, prestige and fulfilment of the mission of the Portuguese Army.

The following criteria apply for each of the classes:
1st CLASS: Generals/Admirals, Colonels/Captains
2nd CLASS: Commander/Lieutenant-Colonel or Lieutenant-Commander/Major
3rd CLASS: other officers and Sargent-Major
4th CLASS: other NCO and Enlisted

OBVERSE: the rounded sign of D. Afonso Henriques, from 1183;
REVERSE: a rampant lion, with a sword on its right paw, encircled by the words “MÉRITO DO EXÉRCITO” (Merit of the Army), in elzevir font.

The Ribbon design and distinction between classes is as it follows:

1st CLASS – White background, cut by a blue longitudinal strip, 0,01 m wide; Width of 0.03 m; Length necessary to be 0.09 m from the top of the tape to the lower edge of the decoration in order to obtain the lower alignment of the different badges; To the center, a cross composed of 12 ‘escudetes’, with 3 on each flank pointed to the center, signed in the circular listel of the turned signal of D. Afonso Henriques of 1183, golden;
2nd CLASS – Same as 1st Class, but silver, with an identical device in silver.
3rd CLASS – Same as 1st Class, but copper, with an identical device in copper.
4th CLASS – Copper, no device.

It’s one of the first five private decorations, one for each branch of the Armed Forces, created in 1985, and that precede the Medal of the Cross of St. George, in 2000, and the National Defence Medal, in 2002.


1st class
2nd class
3rd class
4th class


– Decreto-Lei n.º 316/2002 de 27 de Dezembro – Regulamento da Medalha Militar e das Medalhas Comemorativas das Forças Armadas.
– Wikicommons


Sobre Jorge Quinta-Nova 71 artigos
Rato de biblioteca. Licenciado em Línguas e Literaturas Modernas na UAL, pesquisa desde 2007 o Exército Português nos finais do Antigo Regime, durante as Guerras Revolucionárias, principalmente Carlos Frederico Lecor, de quem anda reconhecidamente Em Busca. É um reputado amante da Medalha Militar, entre a fundação em 1863 e 1911.

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