WORLD WAR 1 GOLD VICTORY MEDAL
New So Called Dollar Discovery HK-902A
Pedigree: Ex. Steve Tanenbaum Collection . Steve thought this medal was produced to be given to a High ranking General of W.W.I. or Someone in the U.S. Government.
Mintage: 1 (Unique)
Engraver: James Fraser
REVIEWING the history of the Victory Medal (now known as the World War I Victory Medal) is to study a fascinating aspect of the American military's first modern participation alongside forces of other nations.
Of the nearly 5 million Americans who served during the war, some 500,000 were sailors, 50,000 were Marines, and more than 4 million were in the Army. Significantly, then, the Victory Medal was the most widely distributed American award up to World War II.
Within months of the 11 Nov. 1918 armistice ending the First World War, the concept of a Victory Medal was approved and an Interallied Military Commission meeting in France formulated a set of recommendations that would evolve into the Victory Medal we know today.
The name originally proposed for the medal, the "Allies' Medal," was rejected by the Commission because the name technically excluded the U.S. (America was an Associated power versus an Allied power) and Germany, ironically, could issue a medal by the same name. The following design-related resolutions were adopted by the Commission and were to apply to the separate Victory medals created by the 16 Allied and Associated nations:
1. A medal of the Great War shall be created and be called the Victory Medal.
2. It shall be distributed under conditions to be determined by each government.
3. The ribbon, identical for all countries, will represent two rainbows placed in juxtaposition in such a manner as will bring the red in the middle. [An American, Army Col. T. Bentley Mott, is credited with the ribbon design.]
4. The medal shall be bronze, round, its diameter 36 mm.
5. The final design of the medal itself shall be left up to the respective countries.
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