Medal - Offensive des Chars (Tanks), by Pierre A. Morlon, France, 1917-1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20844

Medal with Offensive des Chars (Tanks), by Pierre A. Morlon, France, 1917-1918.
Also known as Chars D'Assaut.

The Saint-Chamond tank, first used in 1917 is depicted with a Fury flying above it brandishing a sword. The tank had no turret, but a long gun in an overhanging front compartment which is depicted on the medal. The long front compartment was prone to dig into the ground. The model was unsuccessful.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 68 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: art, art medals, weapons, world war i 1914-1918, tanks
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Art
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Art
DateEra: 1917 AD
Obverse Description: Tank crossing a barricaded trench and guarded by Marianne, the national emblem of the French Republic, wielding a sword.
Reverse Description: Laurel wreath surrounding a blank circular inset die.
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: France, 1917-1918
Mint: Paris (Mint), Paris, France, 1917-1918
Artist: Pierre Morlon, France, 1917-1918
Person Depicted: Marianne (Allegorical Figure), France
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition., 2 Pages

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