BACKGROUND: The French Médaille Militaire (Military Medal) was instituted on 22 January 1852 by Louis Napoleon (Emperor Napoléon III) and was awarded only to non-commissioned officers and soldiers. Its requirements were acts of courage, devotion to duty, receipt of a citation, being wounded in combat and for completion of eight years of military service. It ranks second of all French decorations with only the Legion of Honor holding precedence. There have been nine main types of successive medals issued over the years. Of Note: Medals with a 1870 date and a hinged suspension are of the 8th type and were issued from 1870 to 1951.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A circular medal, about 2.5cm in diameter, with a blue enameled bordered, gilt washed central medallion to the obverse and reverse, surrounded by a silver wash laurel wreath. The obverse medallion has a recessed gilt center and is embossed with the profiled head of a laurel-crowned female surrounded by the text in the blue border "Republique Française" and the date "1870". The reverse medallion has a gilt center with the embossed Text "Valeur et Discipline" surrounded by a blue border. To the top of the medal is a hinged, gilt washed, military trophy suspension with a ribbon ring to the top. The trophy is blank to its reverse. The moire ribbon has a yellow center with green stripes to either side edged in yellow. It is folded over at the top with a dual pin hanger. Comes complete in its original presentation box.

GRADE ****                                                         PRICE $99.00

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