Panama, Republic of; state
Lester Watson Collection
Medalla de la Solidaridad; denomination
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.
Panama, mint, place
weight, 21.94, g
diameter, 35.6, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, no provenance.
design; obverse; PATRIA // LA GUERRA / DEL / DERECHO; Woman inscribing inscription on stone tablet to left, holding shield in other hand, border in imitation of cross with foliage between arms
design; reverse; Panama's national arms within border imitating cross with foliage between arms
Watson Catalogue; E
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
France, Panama Campaign 1917-1918, silvered bronze medal. Obv. Woman inscribing a stone pedestal; Rev. Shield with eagle above. '1917' at top and '1918' at bottom. Silvered bronze. Unnamed. Ribbon red, blue and white.
Object Number: LW.0345
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141556; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2009-11-23)