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Gold, red, white, and blue medal attached to a red, blue, white, green, and blue ribbon, housed in light wood box with white wood bordering. Interior of box is lined with red velvet.
Front of medal has an image of a gold man holding a gun standing on the Earth. This image is surrounded by the words, Playa Giron Cuba in gold with white. This emblem is surrounded by a gold wreath on the bottom and a shooting white star on a red, white, and blue background.
Back of medal has the Cuban coat of arms and the words: Republica de Cuba, Consejo de Estado.
Medal includes accompanying certificat. Certificate cover is red with gold Cuban coat of arms and the following text: Republica de Cuba, Carne de Condecorado. Interior hold a small certificate that has the Cuban coat of arms at the top and the following text:
El Consejo de Estado de la Republica de Cuba
Ha Otorgado la Orden "Play Giron"
A: Nelson Mandela
por Acuerdo de la Habano, a 24 de Febrero de 1984
Ciudad de la Habana, a 24 de Febrero de 1984
Registrado al No. 030 Fo41to1
Expediente No: 0038133-0
Seccion de Candecoraciones
Signed by: Secretario del Consejode Estado