101717 | ARGENTINA & BOLIVIA. Railroad silvered bronze Medal.

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    101717  |  ARGENTINA & BOLIVIA. Railroad silvered bronze Medal. Issued 1908. Commemorating the inauguration of Argentine railways to Bolivia (65mm, 114.80 g, 12h). By J. Gottuzzo.

     

    Female personification of Argentina right, resting hand upon track builder and pointing out locomotive in a pass at a distance; to right, genius standing left, with back facing, holding torch and palm frond; between them all, short wall reading "FERRO–CAR[RIL] / A / BOLIVIA / 1908" in four lines / Garnished and ornamented scroll reading "LEY 3225 / JUJUY A LA QUIACA / INAUGURACION DE LOS TRABAJOS / 6 DE ENERO DE 1903 / LIBRADA AL SERVICIO / PÚBLICO / 25 DE MAYO DE 1908 / EMPRESA CONSTRUCTORA / LUIS STREMIZ Y CIA" in nine lines; radiant sun above; all within garlanded laurel wreath. Edge: A few scattered marks, otherwise plain.

     

    Choice Extremely Fine. Light steely gray surfaces, with some rub upon the high points.

     

    This railway connected the remote city of San Salvador de Jujuy with that of La Quiaca, a small city on the extreme northwestern limits of the country. With the Bolivian city of Villazón bordering it on the northern side of the Río de la Quiaca, the service essentially connected this portion of Argentina with neighboring Bolivia.