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

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

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

(Orden de Mayo). Instituted in 1957. Grand Cross: multi-piece construction, in silver gilt with red, white and light blue enamels, measuring 74 mm (w) x 79.8 mm (h) inclusive of its integral suspension, small chip in the blue enamels on the reverse centrepiece, on its original full-length sash; and Breast Star: in silver gilt with red and white enamels, measuring 75.5 mm (w) x 75.2 mm (h), vertical pinback along with a single stay design on the reverse, crazing and chipping evident in the white enamels on five star points. Better than very fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, navy blue simulated-leather exterior, the inside lid lined in white satin and padded, a white fabric-wrapped cardboard insert placed within the base, the base with a gray fabric-wrapped bottom, raised platform in navy blue felt to house the badge and breast star, the latter secured by two raised bars, dual-hinged, push release closure, measuring 118 mm in width x 248 mm in length x 61.5 mm in depth, case 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. The Order of May was created as an Order of Merit by Decree No. 8506/46 in 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. The order was further divided into the categories of Merit, of Military Merit, of Naval Merit, and of Aeronautical Merit. In 1958, the regulation was further amended and the Necklace of the (Civil) Merit category was abolished. It is awarded to foreigners who distinguish themselves by service or personal achievement, or who have gained the nation's gratitude and issued in six grades: Collar, Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight, in Civil, Military, Naval and Aeronautical divisions.

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