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ROME. Medal of Merit ‘Benemerito della Patria’ of the Roman Republic (ROMA. Medaglia al Merito ‘Benemerito della Patria’ della Repubblica Romana), 1848
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ROME.  Medal of Merit ‘Benemerito della Patria’ of the Roman Republic (ROMA.  Medaglia al Merito ‘Benemerito della Patria’ della Repubblica Romana), 1848
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Circular silver medal with laterally-pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the She-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, circumscribed ‘BENEMERITO DELLA PATRIA’ (Well-merited from the Homeland) above, oak and laurel branches at the base; the reverse with a trophy of arms centrally, circumscribed ‘INDIPENDENZA ITALIANA’ (Italian Independence) above and dated ‘1848’ below; age-toned; diameter 25.94mm (1.02 inches); on replaced correct ribbon. The Medal was instituted by the Constituent Assembly of the Roman Republic in 1849 to be awarded to volunteers in the War of Independence and the defence of Rome. After popular demonstrations in November 1848, the Pope left Rome and on 9 February 1849 a Roman Republic was established. The Pope appealed to Catholic France and Spain who sent troops to besiege Rome and the Republic was disestablished in the face of overwhelming force on 2 July 1849. The Medal is rare.

 
ROME.  Medal of Merit ‘Benemerito della Patria’ of the Roman Republic (ROMA.  Medaglia al Merito ‘Benemerito della Patria’ della Repubblica Romana), 1848
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ROME.  Medal of Merit ‘Benemerito della Patria’ of the Roman Republic (ROMA.  Medaglia al Merito ‘Benemerito della Patria’ della Repubblica Romana), 1848
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ROME.  Medal of Merit ‘Benemerito della Patria’ of the Roman Republic (ROMA.  Medaglia al Merito ‘Benemerito della Patria’ della Repubblica Romana), 1848
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