Date instituted: 10 May 1877, by High Decree 1108/1877 (a first variant of the order appeared since 1864)
Classes: Until 1937 the order was organized in five classes: Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer and Grand Cross. In 1937, the Order of the Star of Romania was reorganized in six classes: Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer, First Class and Grand Cross.
Description: During WWII only the second type badges were awarded: a blue Romanian cross with eagles with spread wings between the arms, bearing a red medallion on the center with the monogram of King Carol I. The medallion was surrounded by a blue ribbon with the motto In Fide Salus, the whole ensemble being framed with a green reef of oak leaves. On the reverse was written the year of the official founding of the order (1877). The badge was surmounted by a crown
In 1938 the war badges of the order were introduced that had two crossed swords placed between the arms of the cross. The ribbon was red with silver stripes on the sides and gold stripes on the edges. For bravery in the face of the enemy, the order was awarded with the ribbon of the Military Virtue Medal (red with blue stripes on the edges).
Number awarded: over 1150 in the 1877-78 War
Requirements: Awarded to officers for special deeds and exceptional services on the battlefield (with Military Virtue ribbon) or for ordinary deeds and special services on the battlefield. During WW2 it was the second Romanian military order in importance.