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Wissam al-'Amal / Order of Labor -- Awarded to members of the Ba'ath Party who rendered specially meritorious service to the party. The "Medal of Work" is a successor/redesign/renaming of this award.

Established: By Section 145A of the Work Law No. 151, as amended in 1970. ??? Law No. 8 of 1975. Designed by Mohammed Ghani Hikmat. Obverse: Circular medal with a stylized representation of a heroic worker raising a torch in the center. Above "Wissam al-'Amal" or "Order of Work" and, below, "Umma Arabiya Wahida That Risala Khalida" or "One Arab Nation and One Aim". Suspended by a ring. The medal has been observed in both gilt and silver (is there a bronze variety?), but the significance is unknown.Reverse: Across the center, a stylized represenattion of the pre-1991 Iraqi flag.

Above, "Al-Jamhuriya al-Iraqiya" or "The Iraqi Republic" and, below, "Muniha Hatha al-Wisam bi Mojib al-Mada 145 A min al-Qanun al-'Amal Arqam 151 lisanat 70 al-Muadal " or "???". Ribbon: The award is seen with ribbons of black, green, and dark blue (and maroon also?).

It is uncertain what is the significance of there differing ribbon colors. Many specimens are seen with an oblong bar from which the ribbon is suspended.

gilt medal:
black ribbon
green ribbon
dark blue ribbon

silver medal:
black ribbon
green ribbon
dark blue ribbon

bronze medal (?):
black ribbon (?)
green ribbon (?)
dark blue ribbon (?)

From the Lorenzo Luna collection


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