ARGENTINA bronze medal for the renovation of the port of La Plata 1899


ARGENTINA, medal, 1899, Obverse: harbor scene with boats & animals, rising sun behind, INAUGURACION DEL PUERTO LA PLATA, Reverse: LA PROVINCIA DE BUENOS AIRES LO INICIA EL 8 DE DICIEMBRE DE 1883 Y LO LIBRA AL COMMERCIO DEL MUNDO EL 30 DE MARZO DE 1899 in wreath, bronze, 56mm, 79.74g aXF

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There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”