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French Medal Commemorating The Battle Of Marne [WWI]

 
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 Posted 10/02/2021  8:24 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NetJohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
French artist J. P. Legastelois designed and minted this commemorative medal in Paris in 1916. The only French commemorative medal contemporary to the Great War, the obverse illustrates French Generals Joffre, Maunoury, and Gallieni beneath a headline "Battaile de la Marne" and above the date of September 1914.

The reverse shows Marianne (a symbolic personification of France often used in art), sword in hand, flying above French soldiers as the charging to defend Marne against the German invasion.

Bronze, 68mm (also in silver and silver-plated bronze)



From my personal collection.

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 Posted 10/05/2021  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lion Alchemist to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Artwork! It reminds me a bit of a 1910 Mexican medal. Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted 10/10/2021  9:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice medal, thanks for posting!

I always enjoy collecting and learning about historical art medals such as yours!


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 Posted 10/12/2021  12:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NetJohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I appreciate the comments. I have several WWI medals that I recently photographed (have added about 4 more since), and I've taken some time to post just a sample of them here. Unfortunately, my posts seem not as popular as "What do I have?" token posts, which is a bit disheartening. I guess a lot of the traffic on this forum is transient: people who want to know if they've found treasure! I was hoping for more education and information. Searching on additional WWI commemorative medals on this forum didn't turn up much.

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Unfortunately, my posts seem not as popular as "What do I have?" token posts, which is a bit disheartening.

I often have similar feelings! I push on, however, thinking about future internet searches by other collectors - they may come across the CCF posts and appreciate the info!

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Searching on additional WWI commemorative medals on this forum didn't turn up much.

It's not an area I actively pursue, but I think I might have one or two that I can post. I'll see what I can do!





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