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ARAUCANIA. Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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ARAUCANIA.  Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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Circular gilt medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with the head of Prince Philippe of Araucania in relief facing right, circumscribed ‘PHILIPPUS R ARAUCANIAE PAT QUE (Philippe King of Araucania and Patagonia), signed on the base of the neck ‘J H. COEFFIN’ (for Josette Hebert-Coeffin, 1907-1974, renowned sculptor, officer of the Legion d’Honneur and an artist for the Paris Mint), all within a beaded border; the reverse with the arms of Prince Philippe of Araucania, circumscribed ‘INDEPENDENCIA Y LIBERTAD’ (Independence and Freedom), all within a beaded border; on original ribbon mounted for wear in the French style. The Medal was instituted on the initiative of Count Pierre Castang de Queilen-Curby by Prince Philippe of Araucania on 2 July 1965 in three classes - gold, silver and bronze, though today only the ‘gold’ medal is awarded. Awards are authorised by the Auspice Stella whose current president is Baron Raoul de Lavalette. Colonial Spain and newly-independent Chile and Argentina had all recognised the Mapuche people’s territories of Araucania and Patagonia at the southernmost tip of South America, bounded in the north by the Bío Bío and Colorado Rivers. On 17 November 1860 a French lawyer, Orélie Antoine de Tounens (1825-1878), declared Araucanía and Patagonia formally independent with himself as king. In 1862, Chile and Argentina launched a combined military invasion of Mapuche lands and military action continued until as late as 1885 with large numbers of Mapuche being killed and their land taken by settlers. The descendants of de Tounens have never abandoned their claim to the throne, the current claimant since 12 May 1951 being Philippe Paul Alexandre Henry Boiry, styled Philippe I. A superb example of a rare ephemeral medal.

 
ARAUCANIA.  Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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ARAUCANIA.  Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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ARAUCANIA.  Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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ARAUCANIA.  Prince Philippe of Araucania Commemorative Medal of Honour (Médaille d'Honneur Commémorative du Prince Philippe d'Araucanie)
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