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Medal - Victory Medal 1914-1919, Great Britain, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 37232

Summary:
Great Britain
World War I
Victory Medal 1914 - 1919 with ring mount and ribbon
Edge: PLY.8965 PTE. W. YOUNG. R.M.L.I. (Royal Marines Light Infantry)
The Victory Medal was authorised in 1919 and was awarded to army, navy and air force personnel who served in a theatre of war between midnight 4th-5th August 1914 and midnight 11th-12th November 1918. The Allies resolved that, if they wished to issue a Victory Medal, it would share a common feature of a depiction of Victory on the obverse and a ribbon of red, yellow, green, blue and violet merged into a rainbow pattern. This medal, that of Great Britain, was awarded to personnel from countries in the British Empire (some 5,725,000 were issued). The other Allied countries that issued Victory medals were: Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Roumania, Thailand, Union of South Africa and the United States of America.
Description:
A bronze medal with ring mount for ribbon (not attached). The obverse features a figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right. The reverse has the words, THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919 within a circular wreath of laurel. The edge impressed in block capitals: PLY.8965 PTE. W. YOUNG. R.M.L.I. (Royal Marines Light Infantry)
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Height), 36 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Height to top of ring

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
DateEra: 1919 AD
Obverse Description: A figure of Victory facing three-quarters right with wings spread; in her right hand she holds a palm branch, her left hand is extended and open. The artist's initials, W.McM. (W. McMillan) are above the ground line on the right.
Reverse Description: The words, THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919 within a circular wreath of laurel.
Edge Description: PLY.8965. PTE. W. YOUNG. R.M.L.I.
Inscriptions: W.McM. (W. McMillan)
THE GREAT . WAR FOR . CIVILISATION 1914 - 1919
PLY.8965 PTE. W. YOUNG. R.M.L.I.
Shape: Round with loop and ribbon
Material: Bronze
Issued By: England, Great Britain, 1919
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1919
Artist: William McMillan, 1919
Awarded To: Private W. Young, Australia, 1919

Ply 8965 Pte W. Young, Royal Marines Light Infantry.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], B Simpkin - Spink & Sons Ltd., A Litherland - Spink & Sons Ltd., E Joslin - Spink & Sons Ltd., British Battles and Medals, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1988, 230 - 1 Pages

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