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World war 1 Victory Medal with Russia Clasp

Started by MedalCollector99 , Jan 12 2018 10:57 PM

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#1 MedalCollector99

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:57 PM

Hi. I just scored this off of ebay, for a steal....I'd like to know if it raises any red flags, or if its good. Thanks

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:39 AM

Front looks good. It is reribbonned with a new ribbon. Any pics of the back side?

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:10 AM

The planchet is certainly fine.  It's the all important rest of it that is in question.  As mentioned, at a minimum, ribbon is a replacement.  Hopefully brooch and bar are original. 

Hopefully the price was  a "steal"/very low.  When it comes to collecting Victory Medals, you want to go for condition and all original components.  A replaced ribbon on a WW1 US Victory Medal has a major impact on its value.  Collectors want them all original and will usually hold-out for such a medal.  And most bar combinations can be obtained pretty easily. 



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:51 AM

This is not my area of collecting at all, but how can you tell right away that the ribbon has been replaced? What are the telltale signs?



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:38 AM

This is not my area of collecting at all, but how can you tell right away that the ribbon has been replaced? What are the telltale signs?

 

The color shading and weave are way off,  Once you've seen enough of them, you can instantly spot the difference; even in a photo.  Good chance the brooch is an incorrect replacement given the replaced ribbon.  But, obviously, would have to see a good reverse closeup photo.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:46 AM

I have since figured out the ribbon was replaced. Got it for $26 shipped though, should make an interesting display piece. The brooch is infact a period correct example though 👍🏻

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:58 AM

I have since figured out the ribbon was replaced. Got it for $26 shipped though, should make an interesting display piece. The brooch is infact a period correct example though 👍🏻

 

That was ok.   If the Russia bar is original, you did well, but I have my doubts about it.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:01 AM

Here's the back.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:02 AM

Oh boy..brooch is infact not right.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:39 AM

If you are going to deal with WWI victory medals, you need to get this book by forum member Johnnymac. It will tell you everything and then some. He also released a supplement to the book shortly after he published it.

Check this out at Amazon.com
World War I - Victory Medals https://www.amazon.c...a_LfLwAbMJ67JVQ

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