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Argentina, silver medal, made from a Falkland Islands 25 pounds, Elizabeth II, 1986, overstruck in c

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Argentina, silver medal, made from a Falkland Islands 25 pounds, Elizabeth II, 1986, overstruck in c
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Argentina, silver medal, made from a Falkland Islands 25 pounds, Elizabeth II, 1986, overstruck in center with original obverse die for Argentina (Buenos Aires) Charles IV medal of 1808 and separately stamped on the other side with EL RIO DE LA PLATA AL RIO TAMESIS RESPONDE… ("the Plate River responds to the Thames River..."), very rare (only 17 made). 151.1 grams. Very strange and interesting item made by prominent Argentinean numismatist Carlos Janson, who owned the original obverse die for the 1808 medal and used it to mutilate a large British bullion coin in response to the Falkland War between Great Britain and Argentina in 1982 (only 15 of the 17 he made were released to the market). The original 1808 medal itself is very rare and famous, made by designer Arrabal, with the bust of the king on the obverse and the reverse showing a lion holding a Spanish flag over an English flag, in reference to the defeat of the English during their unsuccessful invasion of the Rio de la Plata area in 1806-7 during the Napoleonic Wars. Only 12 pieces of the first design were made, in Chile, which was deemed too few, whereupon the Cabildo in Buenos Aires commissioned a new design with that city's name in the obverse legend (as we see here), of which only 25 were made. Yet a third design changed the obverse legend to what we see on the other side of the Janson piece (EL RIO DE LA PLATA AL RIO TAMESIS RESPONDE...). Of further interest is the fact that the British consul of 1824-32, Sir Woodbine Parish, acquired as many of the 1808 medals as he could and brought them back to England, where they were probably melted. Housed in original Royal Mint box with card.