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eMedals-Turkey, Ottoman Empire. A Crete Campaign Medal, 1868-1869

Item: EG2904

Turkey, Ottoman Empire. A Crete Campaign Medal, 1868-1869

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Turkey, Ottoman Empire. A Crete Campaign Medal, 1868-1869

Atik Girid Madalyasi. Instituted in 1868. In silver, measuring 36.7 mm, light contact, missing its original suspension, incorrect ribbon, near extremely fine.

Footnote: Although uprisings among the Greek inhabitants of the island of Crete had been occurring for years, an outright revolt began on May 14, 1866, when a group of Greek citizens demanded lower taxes and changes in the court system. Although their demands were met, Ottoman troops were mobilized immediately, expecting outright rebellion. This became a self fulfilling prophecy, and fighting broke out between Cretan Greeks and Turkish soldiers. Thousands of Greek volunteers arrived on the island from the mainland, and the Greek government appealed to the Western powers to intervene on their behalf. Britain and Austria, however, were opposed to intervention for the time being. Thus, the Ottoman armies achieved one of their most un-compromised victories of the century, settling the affair in 1869. The Empire was able to retain Crete in some form for another forty-three years.

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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