Medalha da Vitoria (Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Portuguese)), 1919

Image["Victory Medal 1914-1919 (Portugal), 1919"]

Obverse, Victory with rays of light around her, holding a wreath and branches

Image["Victory Medal 1914-1919 (Portugal), 1919"]

Reverse, the Portuguese arms arranged at the left on a central tranverse bar composed of Portuguese crosses, the central word of legend being overlaid

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Medalha da Vitoria (Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Portuguese)), 1919 (Great War 1914-1918)

When the Great War of 1914-1918 had ended, there was a genuine feeling among the victorious Allies that their military efforts had been instrumental in preserving modern civilization, and this and the united spirit of the Alliance were commemorated in a combined issue of medals to those who had seen active service during the conflict. 13 nations in all issued a variety of this medal; all shared the rainbow ribbon and suspension, and all but the Japanese, who lacked a comparable symbolic figure, used a form of Victory on the obverse and a legend on the reverse.
This example is one of those issued by the government of Portugal. The medal remains unnamed as issued, and therefore it cannot be known to whom it was awarded. Lester Watson purchased it from the London dealers Baldwin at some point before 1928.

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