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Commemorative Medal for the Centenary of The Republic of Chile, 1910
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Commemorative Medal for the Centenary of The Republic of Chile, 1910
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Circular silvered bronze medal with loop at the top for ribbon ring suspension; the face with the national arms of Chile circumscribed ‘REPUBLICA DE CHILE 1810 CENTENARIO 1910’; the reverse with a radiant sun rising over mountains, a palm tree in the foreground surmounting an escutcheon inscribed ‘INDEPENDENCIA’ and circumscribed ‘EL ESTADO DE CHILE CONSTITUIDO INDEPENDENTE AÑO 1818’ (The State of Chile independent constitution in the year 1818); some rubbing (see illustrations); on replaced ribbon in the national colours of Chile. The Spanish throne was usurped by Joseph Bonaparte in 1808 and, as a consequence, on 18 September 1810 Chile proclaimed itself a republic within the Spanish kingdom and pledged allegiance to Prince Ferdinand, heir apparent to the throne. Spanish attempts to stamp out the nascent republic by force of arms were resisted until in 1817 a revolutionary army under the command of Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín crossed the Andes from Argentina to Chile and crushed the royalist forces. Chile declared its independence from Spain on 12 February 1818.

 
Commemorative Medal for the Centenary of The Republic of Chile, 1910
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Commemorative Medal for the Centenary of The Republic of Chile, 1910
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Commemorative Medal for the Centenary of The Republic of Chile, 1910
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