CENTENARY OF LEGION - CUPRONICKEL MEDALID32305458
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On the occasion of the Centenary of the creation of the Spanish Legion, the Royal Mint issues a cupronickel medal.
The logo created especially for this commemoration is reproduced on the obverse side. In the lower part of the piece, in a circular direction and in capital letters, the legend "One hundred years of courage, the value of one hundred years".
On the reverse, in the central part, the emblem of the Spanish Legion is reproduced: a crossbow and harquebus on a blade, highlighting a halberd together with the Royal Crown. In the lower part of the piece, in a circular direction and in capital letters, the legend of one of the mottos of the Spanish Legion: "Legionaries to fight, Legionaries to die".
100th Anniversary of the Spanish Legion (1920-2020)
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Spanish Legion, the F.N.M.T. issues a commemorative medal.
The Spanish Legion (popularly known as "La Legión") is an elite military force led and created in 1920 by José Millán-Astray, framed within the Land Force of the Spanish Army.
La Legion also known as Tercio de Extrajeros ( Foreigners) was created due to the need of having professional soldiers, as others countries have.
After a major restructuring in the 1990s, has since then covered several international peacekeeping missions in different parts countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Lebanon. The first women joined the Legion in 1990, in the medical corps. In 2009 there were 265 Legionnaire Ladies. In 2012, 9% of the Legionnaires were women, many of them in combat units with participation in missions abroad.