This is an extremely fine post World War I Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal that is in excellent condition. The planchet is constructed of bronze and exhibits very sharp detail and high relief. The front features the female figure of Columbia who is armed with a sword and defends two other background figures with a cloak. Around and over these figures are the words, “SECOND NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN” with the dates 1926 – 1930 displayed at the base below their feet. The reverse is with an American bald eagle perched upon an anchor facing to its right with the words, “FOR” to the left and “SERVICE” to the right. Arched above the head of the eagle is inscription, “UNITED STATES NAVY”. Incised into the lower edge is the number, “M. NO 514”. The ribbon is strong and with excellent color. There is one small wear spot at the very top right corner where it goes over the broach, that is practically un noticeable. It is mounted on a bronze split broach with functional pin assembly and remains in excellent condition.
The Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal was created by General Orders 197 of the Navy Department and approved by Congress to recognize participation by Navy and Marine Corps personnel in naval operations at Nicaragua between the dates of 27 August 1926 and 2 January 1933. To be awarded the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, a service member must have either served ashore during the specified period or on a United States ship, or as an embarked Marine, in the waters or land territory of Nicaragua during the above-mentioned dates.