HESH-8479B4: Modern: Medal

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Unique ID: HESH-8479B4

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Copper alloy machine cast medal - Victory Medal

The medal is heavily eroded and corroded - almost all detals are lost.

Obverse: Winged, full-length, full-front, figure of 'Victory' with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand

Reverse: [THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919] in four lines, all surrounded by a laurel wreath

Edge: inscription lost

Information from the Imperial War Museum:

The Allied Victory Medal (1914-1919)

The Allies each issued their own bronze victory medal but with a similar design, equivalent wording and identical ribbon.

The colours represent the combined colours of the Allied nations, with the rainbow additionally representing the calm after the storm. The ribbon consists of a double rainbow with red at the centre.

The British version depicts the winged figure of Victory on the front of the medal and on the back, it says 'The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919'.

To qualify, an individual had to have entered a theatre of war (an area of active fighting), not just served overseas. Their service number, rank, name and unit were impressed on the rim.

Approximately 5.7 million Victory Medals were issued.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1918
Date to: Circa AD 1918

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 01900

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Swansea

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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