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Commemorative Medal for the First Balkan War, 1912, ‘gold’ medal by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland
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Commemorative Medal for the First Balkan War, 1912, ‘gold’ medal by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland
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Circular gilt-bronze medal with laterally pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a radiant rising sun bearing the date ‘1912’, the Monastery of Gra?anica in the distance, a field gun and limber below, encircled by a laurel wreath and the inscription ‘Kosovo Avenged’, signed ‘Huguenin Fec’ (for Huguenin Frères of Le Locle , Switzerland); the reverse with the royal Serbian arms encircled by a laurel wreath, the leaves inscribed with the fields of battle of the War (anticlockwise from top left) ‘Kumanovo, Skopje, Prilep, Jedrene, Veles, N. Pazar, Debar, Shtip, Prizren, Mrdare’ and (clockwise from top right) ‘Bitol, Skadar, Ochrid, Sjeniza Dojran, Ljesh, Tetovo, Drach, Elbasan and Prishtina’; on replaced correct ribbon.

The Medal was instituted on 31 October (12 November) 1913 to be awarded to military and civilians who had participated in the First Balkan War of 1912-13.

The War between an alliance of Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire resulted in a major defeat for the Ottomans and the further territorial expansion of Serbia, including the highly symbolic incorporation into Serbia of the battlefield of Kosovo where, in 1389, Serbia had lost her independence to the Ottoman Turks.

 
Commemorative Medal for the First Balkan War, 1912, ‘gold’ medal by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland
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Commemorative Medal for the First Balkan War, 1912, ‘gold’ medal by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland
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Commemorative Medal for the First Balkan War, 1912, ‘gold’ medal by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland
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