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November 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #12203AnonymousInactiveNovember 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm #15279
This is an Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Thailand, from the Harry A. Mohler Collection at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. Since it is difficult to authenticate medals by email, you can be the judge. Does it appear that your medal may be cast as opposed to stamped? Is there a seam on the rim?
ThaiWW1O.jpgNovember 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm #15280November 22, 2011 at 7:52 am #15286
The pictures are quite washed out, so it’s hard to see enough detail to be sure.
The genuine ones have good detail, and it is usually not difficult to determine a copy from an original when inspected in detail side-by-side with an original. Most copies have clunky detail.
There are a lot of copies out there, with several major die-struck copy types, plus other homemade copies. Very few copies are cast.
The next few pictures include a genuine example are some common copy variations.
Alexander Laslo had a good description of these in his book "Interallied Victory Medals of WW1" (1992, 2nd edition is the most recent). His book covered the genuine version, "Repro Type 1" and "Repro Type 2". It’s a little hard to find but available from time to time.
As for values, for a genuine one, you can find realized prices in the latest auction catalogs. It depends on quality and of course current demand.November 22, 2011 at 7:56 am #15287November 22, 2011 at 7:57 am #15288November 22, 2011 at 8:01 am #15289November 22, 2011 at 8:05 am #15290
The Mike Shank copy (Virginia, USA).
You find these on ebay in a steady stream, along with all the other copy victory medals, etc he tries to sell as original (although now he simply says he doesn’t know anything about them, and that he got them all at the SOS show).November 22, 2011 at 8:10 am #15291
Another common reproduction, available on ebay. It is advertised by the seller as a reproduction, but sometimes then ends up with others advertised as genuine.November 22, 2011 at 8:21 am #15292November 22, 2011 at 8:23 am #15293November 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm #15294AnonymousInactive
I thank all who have helped me with this item.November 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm #15297
Thanks for the excellent photos Dave. I never realized that medal was so scarce that they made repros.
RichardNovember 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm #15298November 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm #15299
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