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WWI Victory Medals - SHOWCASE of Around-The-World Variations


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Hi! I am super interested in WWI Victory Medals, and would eventually love to collect some of the different countries' versions/variations. I can't find anywhere where there are nice photos of each medal design. If there is a previous posting, it isn't coming up in my long searching, but please post the link here! If there isn't, I would love if some of the Great War collectors would post pictures of the fronts and backs of medals to show the different variations for reference! So far, these are the countries that I am aware of issuing the Interallied Victory medal:

 

US

UK

France

Italy

Belgium

Czechoslovakia

Japan

Poland

Cuba

Brazil

South Africa

Portugal

Romania

Greece

Philippine Constabulary

So, I look forward to anyone's photos if they'd like to share! Would be such a cool reference! I couldn't get anywhere online to pop up that showed all the different types, either!

Thanks!

Elizabeth

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Hi you missed Thailand which is the rarest of all the victory medals. In my book I have illustrated over 200 medals.

 

Also all medals from Poland are unofficial and believed to be fakes.

SPECIAL NOTE - These medals all have the same designer's name, the same manufacturer's initials and the same obverse (faceplate). In other words, they are identical on the front, yet they all have a different reverse side.

 

The Polish government considered issuing a Victory Medal to its veterans, but never did. As the story I heard goes: Around the 1990s, it was reported that a few thousand of the lost (but never issued) Polish Victory Medals were found in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia.

 

If this story is true, then why are there at least three (3) different types of suspensions reported on these medals? Adding, there are three (3) different types of the reverse side having either: a "Small eagle", a "Large eagle" or the letters "RP" placed below the words, "ZA WOJNE W OBRONIE CYWILIZACJI 1914-1918", What's that all about, all these differences on one medal found in a small lot, found in one warehouse. No one has come forward with clarity.

 

 

It is possible that one or all of these medals are the Polish official issue. I will leave it up to you to decide for yourself.

 

Jim

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Sumserbrown

Poland Type II (I don't have the type III though, so can't post that one)

366 obverse.JPG

366 reverse.JPG

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Italy (this is type I, but the differences to the other types are subtle)

200 obverse.JPG

200 reverse.JPG

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Philippine Constabulary WWI Victory medal (in Laslo's book) 

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For completeness here is a US version, although I assume everyone on the forum has seen one.

Thanks for indulging me while I posted all those -it has got my contribution number up!

Rob

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203 reverse.JPG

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On 12/6/2018 at 3:39 PM, Johnnymac said:

Hi you missed Thailand which is the rarest of all the victory medals. In my book I have illustrated over 200 medals.

 

Also all medals from Poland are unofficial and believed to be fakes.

SPECIAL NOTE - These medals all have the same designer's name, the same manufacturer's initials and the same obverse (faceplate). In other words, they are identical on the front, yet they all have a different reverse side.

 

The Polish government considered issuing a Victory Medal to its veterans, but never did. As the story I heard goes: Around the 1990s, it was reported that a few thousand of the lost (but never issued) Polish Victory Medals were found in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia.

 

If this story is true, then why are there at least three (3) different types of suspensions reported on these medals? Adding, there are three (3) different types of the reverse side having either: a "Small eagle", a "Large eagle" or the letters "RP" placed below the words, "ZA WOJNE W OBRONIE CYWILIZACJI 1914-1918", What's that all about, all these differences on one medal found in a small lot, found in one warehouse. No one has come forward with clarity.

 

 

It is possible that one or all of these medals are the Polish official issue. I will leave it up to you to decide for yourself.

 

Jim

 

Hi Jim,

I have a copy of your book and it is fantastic (thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in the interallied victory medals). I wanted to ask about this one though that is mentioned by Laslo but not in your book (yet). It is the small version of the France unofficial type 2, which Laslo calls the Unofficial Type 2c (See below next to the unofficial type 2). Laslo says this is rare but do you know how rare it actually is?

thanks and best wishes,

Rob

 

 

 

 

 

Victory France unoff T2 obverse low.jpg

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