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Canadian WW2 Medal Identification

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 Posted 04/15/2019  11:52 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add sn3rg to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey guys my girlfriend had these given to her awhile ago and we are wondering if they are maybe rare at all or just common medals, not really worth much money? Any info at all is much appreciated

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 Posted 04/15/2019  12:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This may help. Your volunteer piece has the silver maple leaf, making it

more desirable. This is what they've fetched recently.
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 Posted 04/17/2019  1:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anaximander to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They are all ww2 service medals issued by UK and Commonwealth, all fairly common.

Top row L to R
1939 - 45 star
Atlantic star
Canada volunteer service medal
1939-45 war medal

Bottom row
As above but with
2nd: Italy star
5th: South Africa - Africa service medal

A couple of concerns:

The top row has the pin bar mounted in such a way that when the medals are worn, the obverses ( fronts ) would be facing the chest. This is a significant breach of etiquette. There are complicated rules about how medals should be worn and this does not follow them.

In the second row there is a service medal issued to Canadian personnel, and one issued to South African. This could be possible but strikes me as odd. Also, the medal ribbon extends below the mounting at the top of the medal. This is a style known as court mounting, but others I have seen extend the ribbon further to the bottom of the medal.

My gut feeling is that although these are genuine medals, they might not be genuine groups. I am not a medal expert, just an interested observer, and could well be wrong. If you are thinking of selling I recommend consulting an expert.

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