101558 | UNITED STATES & CHILE. President Eisenhower in Chile silver Medal.

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    101558 | UNITED STATES & CHILE. President Eisenhower in Chile silver Medal. Issued 1960 (70mm, 195.20 g, 12h).

     

    REPUBLICA DE CHILE / –MCMLX–, Chilean coat-of-arms / CONMEMORACION / DE LA VISITA A CHILE / DEL PRESIDENTE / DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS / DE AMERICA / DWIGHT D. / EISENHOWER in seven lines. Edge: Plain.

     

    Mint State. Deeply toned, with a mostly gunmetal gray color throughout. Very rare. Includes original box of issue.

     

    The post-World War II period saw an increase in American influence in global affairs, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the helm during his two terms in office. Having played a vital role in the allied victory in Europe the decade prior, Eisenhower provided a steady hand in this era when technology brought together a world that had so recently been severely fractured. Further advancements in aviation made visiting other world leaders faster, easier, and more reliable; the call sign of "Air Force One" was first utilized at the beginning of Eisenhower's presidency in 1953. These factors, by the later years of Eisenhower's second term, resulted in numerous international tours, one of which was to Chile in the spring of 1960 as a part of his Latin American tour.

     

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