French and English WWI Military Medal Quartet, 1916-20

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French and English WWI Military Medal Quartet, 1916-20
65.00USD+ buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2021 Jan 27 @ 19:01UTC-4 : AST/EDT

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France and England, Group of 4 military medals issued for action in World War I. Includes a pair of Battle of Verdun medals, long haired woman with sword on obverse, reverse shows an image of the city gates and the main entrance into the city of Verdun, with the date of 21 February 1916 in French. Large medal is the only "official" Verdun Medal, with "S.E. Vernier" designer and 1917 date on obverse. This was a non-wearable piece presented with a leather pouch and certificate, both included in the lot. This was the only official medal issued by the Golden Book Commission. The later, smaller, and wearable Vernier medal was intended to be suspended from a ribbon. The obverse of the wearable version does not have the Ò1917Ó date as does the unwearable variety. Also included in the lot is the 1914-1915 Star (also knows as 'Pip'). This bronze medal was authorized in 1918. Features a pair of swords with crown on top, "1914-1915" on banner at center, all held by a red white and blue ribbon. Broadly speaking it was awarded to all who served in any theatre of war against Germany between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, except those eligible for the 1914 Star. Similarly, those who received the Africa General Service Medal or the Sudan 1910 Medal were not eligible for the award. Like the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star was not awarded alone. The recipient had to have received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The reverse is plain with the recipient's service number, rank, name and unit impressed on it. Final piece of the lot is the British War Medal, 1914-18 (also known as 'Squeak'), features a portrait of King George V on obverse with black, red, and white ribbon. The silver or bronze medal was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. All are held within a glass case with white backdrop. (5)