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  • Australia. Two First War Peace Medals 1919
  • Australia. Two First War Peace Medals 1919

Item: M0425-100

Australia. Two First War Peace Medals 1919

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Australia. Two First War Peace Medals 1919

1. Silver Grade; 

2. Bronze Grade.

 

Footnote: Of the commemorative medals issued to mark the end of the First World War, the most common was the so-called "Peace" of "Victory" medal issued to every child in Australia aged 0-14 years (and aged up to 16 if parents were in the armed forces). The medal was designed by Charles Douglas Richardson, better known for his work as a sculptor. Time constraints, as well as pressure from the production of other victory medals, meant that no single manufacturer could make the 1,670,000 medals. Six were therefore selected: Amor, Stokes, Schlank, Parkes, Angus & Coote (who later withdrew) and Platers. The medals were silvered bronze or bronze, with silver issues for special presentations. The Defence Department supplied a red, white and blue striped ribbon and pin. Distribution began in March 1919. State of Victoria school children received their medals on Friday, July 18th and on "Peace Day" on Saturday, July 19th.  

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