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El Salvador, proof silver medal for Distinguished Valor to the Loyal Defenders of the Liberal Regime

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El Salvador, proof silver medal for Distinguished Valor to the Loyal Defenders of the Liberal Regime
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El Salvador, proof silver medal for Distinguished Valor to the Loyal Defenders of the Liberal Regime of Francisco Morazan against Invading Armies from Guatemala and Nicaragua in 1839, by Perafita (1858-1935), very rare. 35mm, 18.93 grams. Obverse with high-relief bust of Francisco Morazan (with name of engraver N. Perafita below) inside legend REPUBLICA DEL SALVADOR / LA PATRIA A SUS LEALES DEFENSORES; reverse with PREMIO / AL / VALOR / DISTINGUIDO inside wreath. Brilliant Proof with hanger inside two-sided shield at top (clearly part of the original design, as the legend winds around it) showing volcano on front and date 15 / SETBRE / 1821 on back (the date of Central American Independence), no wear, minimal marks, and remarkably non-toned. Morazan was president of the Central American Republic from 1835 to 1839 and president of the State of El Salvador from 1839 to 1840. Important as the first known military medal of El Salvador, cataloged as Sv1 on page 395 of From a Thankful Nation: Latin American Medals & Orders in the Robert L. Ross Collection, Princeton University (2014), by Robert L. Ross and Alan M. Stahl.

NOTE: Most likely produced and adopted later by the Salvadorian Army for use in later years (post-1858 to early 1900s).