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Medal - Children's Peace, Great War, Department of Defence, Australia, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20943

Summary:
Australia
Schools Victory medal 1919 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia
Other Details: Of the commemorative medals issued to mark the end of the First World War, the most common was the so-called 'Peace' or 'Victory' medal issued to every child in Australia aged 0-14 years (and aged up to 16 if parents were in the armed forces). The medal was designed by Charles Douglas Richardson, better known for his work as a sculptor. Time constraints as well as pressure from the production of other victory medals meant that no single manufacturer could make the 1,670,000 medals. Six were therefore selected: Amor, Stokes, Schlank, Parkes, Angus & Coote (who later withdrew) and Platers. The medals were silvered bronze, with silver issues for special presentations. The Defence Department supplied a red, white and blue striped ribbon and pin. Distribution began in March 1919. Victorian school children received their medals on Friday 18 July and on 'Peace Day' on Saturday 19 July.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: no ribbon

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Tagged with: school children, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, 1 or 1 1, 1 1, 1 and 1 1, or 1 1--, order by 1000, or a a, 1945 victory, value
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: peace
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1919 AD
Obverse Description: Peace with two flying doves on pedestal inscribed, PEACE / 1919 below AUSTRALIA; figure in chains on left and another entangled in bush to right
Reverse Description: Australian sailor and soldier support wreath; above, VICTORY; within, THE / TRIUMPH / OF / LIBERTY / AND / JUSTICE; below on plaque, THE PEACE OF 1919
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Peace with two flying doves on pedestal inscribed, PEACE / 1919 below AUSTRALIA; figure in chains on left and another entangled in bush to right (obverse)
Australian sailor and soldier support wreath; above, VICTORY; within, THE / TRIUMPH / OF / LIBERTY / AND / JUSTICE; below on plaque, THE PEACE OF 1919(reverse)
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Silvered Bronze
Issued By: Department of Defence, Australia, 1919
Mint: Stokes & Sons (Mint), 1919
Artist: Douglas Richardson, 1919

This is may be Charles Douglas Richardson - it is executed in his style - but Carlisle says Douglas Richardson. -D. Tout-Smith 5/2/3004.
References: Car.1919/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Carlisle, Leslie J. & Fleig, Peter. 2002. The Great War Children's Peace Medal. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 13: 48-72.

Comments

roly barrett Posted on 13 Dec 2009 5:55 PM
What are these medals worth? the 1919 Peace Medal...
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 2:06 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
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Tony Bambury Posted on 16 Apr 2010 11:05 PM
Is there any suggestions as to where I may be able to purchase the ribbon for the schools Victory medal. I have one of these in my possession & should I consider insuring it.
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Apr 2010 3:37 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Tony - an online search or enquiry at local haberdashery suppliers for "grosgrain ribbon" should result in a selection of suitable ribbons. Whilst it is always your decision as to whether to insure something, for an idea of insurable value you would be best advised to contact a numismatics specialist or dealer.
Miriam Bakker Posted on 30 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
I've got one of these medals which my father found while working outside.
It's really interesting that the Defence Department would give every child in Australia from 0 to 14 years one of these medals at the end of World War One. It must have been because we lost 60,000 men and so many children would have to grow up without a father.
Justin Dvorski Posted on 16 Oct 2014 5:28 PM
You can purchase a 1919 Peace medal on eBay for around $10 to $20
I purchased one that was minted by Amor and another by Stokes, I will try to collect all 6.

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