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Medal Commemorative of the Great War, 1914-1918, very rare version by J. Gatty, Paris (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, très rare modèle de J. Gatty, Paris)
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War, 1914-1918, very rare version by J. Gatty, Paris (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, très rare modèle de J. Gatty, 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 maker's mark of J. Gatty, Paris; on probably original 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 rare example is by the medallist J. Gatty who was active in Paris for many years at 38 rue Rambuteau.

 
Medal Commemorative of the Great War, 1914-1918, very rare version by J. Gatty, Paris (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, très rare modèle de J. Gatty, Paris)
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War, 1914-1918, very rare version by J. Gatty, Paris (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, très rare modèle de J. Gatty, Paris)
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Medal Commemorative of the Great War, 1914-1918, very rare version by J. Gatty, Paris (Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918, très rare modèle de J. Gatty, Paris)
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