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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Circular bronze medal with integral bar for ribbon suspension with laurel and oak leaf decoration; the face with a helmeted figure facing left, representative of the French Republic, holding laurel leaves and the hilt of a sword as a cross, signed ‘A MORLON’ (for the great French engraver and medallist Pierre-Alexandre Morlon, 1878-1951); the reverse inscribed ‘GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918’ and circumscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE’, with triangular maker’s mark ‘AB& Cie’ for Arthus Bertrand & Cie. of Paris; on replaced correct ribbon.

The Medal was created on 23 June 1920 and presented to all military and auxiliary services who served between 2 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.

Almost all examples bear the Paris Mint cornucopia mark whilst this one is, very unusually, by the great Paris firm of Arthus Bertrand.

 
Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre) 1914-1918, rare version by Arthus Bertrand & Cie of Paris
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