<center>ARGENTINA…ORDER OF MAY, aka ORDER OF MERIT
A GRAND CROSS SET OF JUAN PERON’S SECOND PRESIDENCY
<h2>Current references provide only limited information about this Order. It seems that four types, or periods of varying designs, have been used since its establishment in 1946 (type 1), this being the third type which likely began with, and perhaps existed only during, Juan Peron’s second term in office as President of Argentina, 12 October 1973 to 1 July 1974, when he died.
It utilizes a central design, a stylized noble male head right (Peron?) in worker’s overalls before a flag, as seen on the first type insignia (1946-55, see Werlich 2nd ed. page 42). At some time after Peron’s July 1974 death, but almost certainly by 1977, the Order reverted to the Liberty Head design which began about 1955 and was used until 1973 (type 2). After the type 3 design ended with Peron’s death, the Liberty head returned with minor changes (type 4).
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