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Allied Victory Medal, 1914-18: CM.1492-2009

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Maker(s)

London (Mint)
Struck in the rule of George V (1910-36) (Ruler)
McMillan, William (Artist)

Description

When the Great War of 1914-1918 had ended, there was a genuine feeling among the victorious Allies that their military efforts had been instrumental in preserving modern civilization, and this and the united spirit of the Alliance were commemorated in a combined issue of medals to those who had seen active service during the conflict. 13 nations in all issued a variety of this medal; all shared the rainbow ribbon and suspension, and all but the Japanese, who lacked a comparable symbolic figure, used a form of Victory on the obverse and a legend on the reverse.
Those who had fought in the British Armed Forces were already entitled to the British War Medal, of course, and if they had served since early on, the 1914 or 1914-15 Stars. The Victory Medal thus became an additional award in Britain, but for many other countries it was the sole badge of participation in the War.
This medal was awarded to Captain T. M. Monk, and is part of what the catalogue of the Watson Collection considers Group 6. Its provenance is therefore considered with the others of that group.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, acquired before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester

Dating

Production date: AD 1919

Materials used in production

Bronze

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Victory looking to sky and holding aloft wreath and palm

  • Text: THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914-1919
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription in border

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1492-2009
Primary reference Number: 141589
Watson Catalogue: 373B
Ordering: M-0378
Previous object number: LW.0364b
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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