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British World War One medals: The Victory Medal 1914 - 1919


The Victory Medal also known as the Allied Victory Medal was issued as a result of an International agreement reached at the Inter Allied Peace Conference. Although each Allied nation issued their own bronze victory medal, they all bore a similar design with equivalent wording and an identical rainbow coloured ribbon. In this blog we will take a look at the medal and its history in a little more detail.

Flag colours

The multicoloured rainbow ribbon with a shaded and watered effect was most probably chosen for two reasons. Firstly to represent the Allied nations flag colours combined and secondly to metaphorically represent the sense of calm after the storm.

British version

The British version of the medal was produced in copper and lacquered in bronze measuring 36mm in diameter. The front depicted the winged figure of victory with the obverse bearing the words ‘The Great War for Civilisation 1914 - 1919’.

Six million issued

The Victory Medal was awarded to all those who had received the 1914 or 1914/15 Stars and also to the majority of those who were awarded the British War medal. However, The Victory Medal was never awarded singularly. Nearly as many as six million Victory medals were issued in total. Additionally, those who were particularly meritorious in action or gallant in the face of the enemy were mentioned in despatches which in turn granted an oak leaf to be worn, pinned to the rainbow riband.

If you have any military medals you would like to have valued, please contact Robin Newcombe of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent. 

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