Rio Colorado Medal, Silver Medal
Image courtesy of “Historia de los Premios Militares República de Argentina”
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The Rio Colorado Medal (Medalla por la Expedición al Rio Colorado) was authorized by the Argentine dictator Juan Manuel Rosas to reward himself and his troops, who defeated an Indian opposition troops at their first expedition to Colorado River in 1833-1834.
It is not clear if the composition denotes the ranks of the recipient.
One special design was made for those who died in action.
This Medal features an obverse inscription that stands for "La Provincia de Buenos Ayres al Patriotismo y al Valor,” which can be translated to "The Provinces of Buenos Ayres to Patriotism and Courage."
Obv: LAPROVa DE BUENs AYs AL PATRIOTISMO YAL VALOR Rev: A LOS QUE MURIERON POR LA SEGURIDAD DE SU PATRIA
Buenos Aires mint
This version features a reverse inscription that translates to "To Those who Died for the Safety of their Fatherland."
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