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  1. Nations that hold coronations and award 'conronation medals' generally hand them out to those who attend or assist with the coronation. Visiting royals qualify under the first, and troops often get an extra gong under the second, as what's a coronation without a good military parade?
  2. I have never heard of any case of a 'mourning ribbon'' - state morning is indicated by a black armband on the left sleeve. Personal mourning when in uniform is indicated by covering a button (think it's the 2nd one from the top) with black cloth. The Norwegian and Swedish royal families are given to medals to mark personal rather than state milestones - but the only black ribboned example I can think of was Sweden's King Gustav V, for whom a Memorial Funeral Medal was issued in 1951 for participation in his funeral the previous year. Sweden also has the Royal Order of the Northern Star, which had a black ribbon until 1975 (then they changed to a yellow-edged blue one). Yugoslavia's never had anything with a black ribbon at all. I agree with Paul's assessment... although I smell fish rather than bovine manure :)
  3. Just as I was wondering what to do with the upcoming weekend...
  4. Great stuff, Emmanuel. Yes, I just found out about Eva Peron's special collar as well, but that's the only image I can find of it. Unfortunately it did not survive the military coup in 1955, being taken apart and all the gems sold off. The design was quite different from that in use today – although the badge of the Order was suspended from a laurel wreath with a curved sabre and Andean condor, the centre link of the collar from which it hung depicted the National Coat of Arms with four flags, and the rest of the Collar was made up of the shields of the then fourteen provinces united by a double chain of drums (representing the Tacuarí drum, based on a legend of a young drummer boy at the 1811 battle between Spanish loyalists and revolutionaries) and closing of laurels with a great sun's finale in back.
  5. Nice. Would you be willing to allow me to use the image on my website (with full acknowledgement, of course)?
  6. Here, as promised, is the Grand Cross star - a magnificent gold beast!
  7. That's interesting, Emmanuel... poking around on a mostly defunct corner of the Argentinan Chancellory website, it appears that the insignia for the Grand Officer class does indeed consist solely of a breast star. Here's the link: https://web.archive.org/web/20120409224548/http://www.cancilleria.gov.ar/portal/cancilleria/condecoraciones/sm_granoficial.html (archived in 2012) Here's one that Spinks are selling in the new year: The star is silver apart from the 'wavy rays' which are 18 karat gold. It's 90mm in diameter, the same size as the Grand Cross star, which is made completely of gold. I have an image of that somewhere as well... I just prefer to post on my own site before here :)
  8. Instituted: 17 August 1943. Awarded: To foreigners who are considered worthy of the highest honour and recognition of the Argentinian nation. Collar: Grand Cross: Badge
  9. Plenty... some are on Medals of the World already but there are more to be added. When I'm at my hom computer I can see about uploading some for you...
  10. Very handsome, Emmanuel - thank you for sharing.
  11. 1. Order of Ushakov - to naval commanders for meritorious service. 2. Medal for Military Valour Class 2 Not sure about the rest yet, will have to dig a bit! Your man was perhaps a Naval Attaché... so a serving naval officer in a diplomatic posting.
  12. India General Service Medal 1854-1895. The clasps awarded are listed here: http://medals.org.uk/united-kingdom/united-kingdom031.htm These do include expeditions to Burma...
  13. Same ribbon as the Saxe-Ernestine House Order - pinkish-purplish red with green edges and a narrow dark blue stripe just to the inside of the green.
  14. Kingdom of Romania: Medal for Military Virture, instituted 13 November 1926. This is the Type 1 (1926-1940) Class 2: Silver Medal with crown described as a civil award for 'navigating personnel'.
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