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eMedals-Argentina, Republic. An Order of May for Merit, I Class Grand Cross Star, c.1960

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Argentina, Republic. An Order of May for Merit, I Class Grand Cross Star, c.1960



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Argentina, Republic. An Order of May for Merit, I Class Grand Cross Star, c.1960

(Orden de Mayo Al Mérito). Instituted in 1946. Revised in 1957. In silver gilt with red and white enamels, measuring 76.3 mm (w) x 77 mm (h), horizontal pinback along with hook on the reverse, chipping evident in the white enamels on the tips of two star points, surface wear evident on the reverse, near extremely fine.


Footnote: The Order of May is one of the highest decorations in Argentina. The order is named after the May Revolution which led to the birth of the Republic of Argentina. It was founded as the Order of Merit by Decree No. 8506/46, 1946. On December 17, 1957, the rules of the order were modified and the Order of Merit was renamed the Order of May by Decree No. 16,629. It is awarded to foreigners who distinguish themselves by service or personal achievement, or who have gained the nation's gratitude, in six grades: Collar, Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight, in Civil, Military, Naval and Aeronautical Divisions. In 1958, the regulation was further amended and the Necklace of the (Civil) Merit category was abolished, and it is currently only a military honor.

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