102309 | UNITED STATES & ARGENTINA. José de San Martín Memorial bronze Medal.
102309 | UNITED STATES & ARGENTINA. General José de San Martín Memorial bronze Medal. Issued 1925. Commemorating the inauguration of the monument in Washington, D.C. (65mm, 113.15 g, 12h). By Gottuzzo & Piana.
AND THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER IN TRIUMPH SHALL WAVE / O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE / SEAN ETERNOS LOS LAURELES / QUE SUPIMOS CONSEGUIR / INAUGURACION DEL MONUMENTO A D. JOSÉ DE SAN MARTÍN / WASHINGTON 28 OCTUBRE 1925, view of the equestrian monument to San Martín / Female allegories of the United States and Argentina seated facing one another, clasping hands—the former seated before implements of science and industry, latter cradling bundle of wheat; in background, U.S. Capitol to left, Argentine National Congress to right; Statue of Liberty between; all within wreath. Edge: Plain.
Choice Mint State. Olive-green surfaces, with some hints of brown and a matte nature; a few minor spots of corrosion are noted on the reverse.
While Simón Bolívar stands as an incredibly important figure in the nationalist movement throughout much of South America in the first third of the 19th century, José de San Martín also played a pivotal role, with him still being regarded as a national hero in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Owing to his celebrated nature in Argentina, an equestrian statue of him was commissioned and erected in Buenos Aires in 1862, with the plaza in which it is located being named after him in 1878 on the centennial of his birth. As a gesture of goodwill, a replica of the memorial was gifted to the United States by Argentina, with it being dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1925—the cause for this medal.
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