Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Belgian rare unofficial issue type 3, with blank reverse (Médaille Inter-Alliée de la Victoire, dos lisse / Intergeallieerde Overwinningsmedaille, keerzijde plat), 1914-1918
On original ribbon. The idea of an inter-allied medal to commemorate victory in what was termed ‘The Great War for Civilisation’ is credited to the French Field-Marshal Foch. It was agreed that each of the Allies should issue a medal to their nationals featuring a figure representing ‘Victory’ on the front and have a symmetric double rainbow ribbon with red, the colour of courage and sacrifice at the centre, representing the colours of the allies flags and presenting an allegory of calm after storm. The Belgian Victory Medal was instituted on 15th July 1919 and was awarded for service in the Belgian army between 1st August 1914 and 11th November 1918. The award was later extended by Royal Decree to other Belgian citizens who had contributed to victory. Most of Belgium had been occupied by German forces during World War I and it was some time before the official version of the medal became available. This example is of the rare unofficial 3rd type without a signature on the face and with a blank reverse, manufactured in Paris by enterprising French medallists to satisfy demand during the wait for the official version. The medal is rare.
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