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Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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Miniature circular bronze medal with concave sides, with loop for ribbon suspension in the form of spread wings; the face with a laurel-crowned helmeted head in relief facing left, the Perron of Liege to the left, the Statue of Liberty to the right, signed ‘LOUIS DUPONT’ (for the Art Medallist Louis Dupont, 1896-1967); the reverse with a ‘V’ for Victory on a laurel wreath, inscribed ‘LA VILLE DE LIEGE’ above and dated ‘1940 1945’ below; width 15.95mm (0.63 inch); on original ribbon in the colours of Liege, mounted for wear in the Belgian style. The medal was awarded following the liberation of Liege on 8 September 1944, principally by the U.S. First Army. The Perron of Liege, symbol of the freedom of the city, is first seen on coins dating as early as the 12th Century but the original one was demolished by Charles the Bold of Burgundy in the 15th Century. The current Perron dates from 1697 and is to be found in the Place du Marché. The Statue of Liberty (or, more correctly, ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’) was the gift of France to the United States of America in 1886 on the occasion of the centenary of American independence and now stands on Liberty Island at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbour. Liege had issued a medal in 1920 to those who had resisted the German invasion in 1914 and that earlier medal is seen much more often than the current example, issued at the end of World War II and the medal is rare, especially in miniature.

 
Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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Liege Medal (Médaille de Liège – Medaille van Luik), 1940-1945, miniature
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