The Medal of Honor was created by Prince Philippe on July 2, 1965.
Originally, this medal was issued in three classes: 1) bronze without ribbon, 2) silver with ribbon, and 3) gold with ribbon. Today, only the gold medal is awarded. There is also a table medal version of this award.
The obverse bears the image of Prince Philippe surrounded by the words: ARAUCANIAE PAT QUE PHILLIPPUS R. The reverse bears the arms of the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia surrounded by the words: INDEPENDENCIA Y LIBERTAD. The medal hangs from a ribbon bearing in its center the colors of the flag of the kingdom -- blue, white and green -- surrounded by a field of black, representing the mourning of exile.
The high-relief portrait was sculpted by Josette Herbert Coeffin (1908-1973) and struck at the Monnaie de Paris. The minting of this beautiful medal was due to the initiative of Count Pierre Castang de Queilen-Cura. The awarding of this medal is authorized by the Auspice Stella.
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