URUGUAY medal for President Williman 1911


URUGUAY, medal, 1911, Obverse: bust L, Dr CLAUDIO WILLIMAN, Reverse: arms in wreath, sun above, PRESIDENTE DE LA REPUBLICA 1o DE MARZO 1907 1911, silvered bronze, 57mm, by Horta & Cia, nice XF

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Claudio Williman was an Academic who took part is revolutionary activities and then was part of government. He served as President between 1907 and 1911.

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.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.