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Medalla de la Solidaridad: CM.1462-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Panama
State: Panama, Republic of




The Republic of Panama joined the Great War of 1914-1918 late, in 1917, and its active participation was limited, but in 1918 it did issue this medal to express its solidarity with the other Allies' armed forces and what the medal calls "la guerra del derecho", `the war of justice'. It was awarded in gold to commanders-in-chief of the Allied armies, in silver to generals and senior officers, and in bronze, albeit silvered bronze as this example makes clear, for other ranks. Awards of this medal made to British soldiers were recorded in The London Gazette; it appears that only a hundred medals or so were given to each Allied country, so the number even of bronzes must have been quite small.
This medal is unnamed, and it cannot now be known to whom it was awarded, or even in what country's army he fought. Lester Watson appears to have thought this a French medal--it is listed as such in his catalogue--which suggests that he may have acquired it with other French medals and therefore that the recipient may have also been French, but Watson's lists record no provenance for the piece so none of this can be considered certain.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, no provenance.

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.6 mm
Weight: 21.94 g

Place(s) associated

  • Panama

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


Production date: AD 1918



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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Woman inscribing inscription on stone tablet to left, holding shield in other hand, border in imitation of cross with foliage between arms

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Panama's national arms within border imitating cross with foliage between arms

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1462-2009
Primary reference Number: 141556
Watson Catalogue: E
Ordering: M-0345
Previous object number: LW.0345
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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