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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Circular silver medal on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with an oak-crowned female head facing left, representative of the French Republic, circumscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE’ and signed ‘ABorrel’; the reverse with a rectangular plaque bearing the attribution ‘Me Y. DE COUYSSY / 1972’, imposed on a staff of Hermes (Mercury), a flaming torch and oak and ivy leaves, ribbons below inscribed ‘HONNEUR TRAVAIL’, circumscribed ‘MINISTERE DES AFFAIRES SOCIALES’, signed ‘ABorrel’, with Paris Mint cornucopia silver assay marks; surface scratches; on original tricolour ribbon.

The Medal was instituted on 13 July 1886 to reward long and faithful service in employment and reorganised on 15 May 1948.

The present example is of the second version, introduced in 1913, at which date 30 years’ service was required for the silver medal (20 years in the French Colonies), now reduced to 20 years.

 
Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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Medal of Honour for Labour of the Ministry of Social Affairs, silver, attributed in 1972 (Médaille d’Honneur du Travail du Ministère des Affaires Sociales, en argent, attribuée en 1972)
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