Havana, mint, Havana, uncertain
Chandos, C., artist
Lester Watson Collection
Allied Victory Medal, 1914-18; denomination
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 is an example of the issue made by the Republic of Cuba. The medal remains unnamed as issued, and it cannot therefore be known to whom it was awarded. Lester Watson bought the medal from the London dealers Baldwin at some point before 1928.
weight, 21.74, g
diameter, 35.7, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin before 1928
design; obverse; LA GRAN GUERRA POR LA CIVILISACION; Victory before [indistinct background] with sword and palm held aloft
design; reverse; Cuban arms with casque atop, two sprays of leaves behind and above
Watson Catalogue; R
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 508-511
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Victory Medal 1914-1919 (Cuba)
Object Number: LW.0357
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141568; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2013-02-28)