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  1. This finally arrived in the mail. By all appearances, a good example of the Romanian official. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_01_2014/post-16545-0-74908900-1388610357.pnghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_01_2014/post-16545-0-66322400-1388610385.png
  2. I presume you mean fake...if not, how is the bottom one "new on the scene?"
  3. There are three ostensible Portuguese vics on eBay right now, and I'm interested in everyone's thoughts. The first would appear to be an unofficial type 1, but I'm thinking it might be a fake. Victory's face doesn't seem right. http://www.ebay.com/itm/201012188178?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The second appears to be a garden-variety official type 2, but you can't zoom in far enough to make a detailed assessment. http://www.ebay.com/itm/291048077572?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The third seems to have the lack of detail that Laslo describe in the unofficial type 2, but it seems to me another fake because of its extreme shininess and because it has the wrong suspension. The suspension looks like it may have been saudered on as a replacement, however, so the original may have just broken off. http://www.ebay.com/itm/291044849193?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  4. I noticed that as well. My unofficial Greek has the same problem. One of these days, I'll get a Greek with the proper suspension.
  5. Thanks GM1, we're on vacation in Austria right now, but I'll post a picture of the reverse after we get home on Sunday. On a separate note, I went into a military antiques store in Vienna and was very lucky in that I found the Lejsek and Riemer versions. I mentioned in another thread that I had been looking for those rather obsessively, so I was pleasantly surprised to find them in Austria, of all places. Anyone have an opinion as to why two hard-to-find Czech-made Belgian medals would be in Vienna? They had some other fairly common vics (Italian, French, Japanese, and British), but I was surprised to find these in particular. Apologies for the awkward angle of the pictures, but we're on a train right now, so my maneuverability is limited. Lejsek: http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-80224300-1388160079.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-81125200-1388160095.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-75424500-1388160115.jpg Riemer: http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-02186400-1388160168.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-30265100-1388160183.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-07575200-1388160196.jpg
  6. Santa was good to me this year: Belgian uniface
  7. New acquisition: Greek official http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-11123400-1387965922.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-99705200-1387965937.jpg
  8. Thanks for the advice, Rob. It didn't occur to me that it would be so difficult to fix.
  9. Thanks, Rob. I was wondering if that might be the case, because I noticed the "LV" markings in the pictures here of the Type 1.
  10. It has the triangular stamp and another one that I can't read, but I assume it is the BRONZE stamp. It's just too worn to tell. I know I won't be able to replace the suspension with a genuine replacement, but I can surely find some piece of appropriately-shaped piece of metal that will do the trick...just need to figure out how to actually attach it.
  11. More confusion caused by the fact that my edition of Laslo's book is the 1st edition--I was unaware until I started posting here that there was an "unofficial" Japanese version. I had been assuming that this was the official version, but I'm hoping someone can confirm that for me. Apologies for the sudden flurry of posts in 6 different threads, but as I'm a beginner, I find the knowledge on this forum to be valuable and hope to make more informed decisions in the future. Thanks. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-98725000-1387569702.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-42623800-1387569716.jpg
  12. This is the other one I'm concerned may be fake...in this case because I got it on eBay and because it seems very shiny, which I didn't think the Romanian ones were. This is the "Crecia" unofficial version. I am awaiting the Romanian official, which I got for $200 on eBay...seems cheap, but since the seller is in Bucharest, that allays my fears of it being fake. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-63485700-1387569536.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-72507400-1387569523.jpg
  13. Can someone briefly describe the difference between the official Type 1 and 2? I have the 1st edition of Laslo's book, and wasn't even aware until I started posting here that there is an official Type 2, as that doesn't seem to be in the 1st edition.
  14. This is one of two I have that I'm concerned might be fake--the other being Romania, which I will post momentarily. I got this from jkmilitaria.com, and am mainly concerned because it seems to be in such good condition...seems like it'd have at least a few scratches if it was really 90+ years old. I understand it to be an official Type 2, if it is indeed real. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-20773300-1387569189.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-09912600-1387569204.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-21124500-1387569217.jpg
  15. Got this at an antique fair in Belgrade--the Serbian commemorative medal. I pretty much limit my collecting to the Victory medals (and I am very much a beginner at that), but I figure I might as well get the equivalents from countries that didn't issue an official Vic, when the opportunity presents itself. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-31888000-1387568764.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-58198300-1387568733.jpg
  16. Here's my Cuban, which I understand to be an official version. I managed to get it relatively cheap, because it's somewhat beat up and is missing the suspension. Does anyone have a recommendation for how to attach a new suspension, for when I'm getting ready to have it mounted? http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-61283400-1387568213.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2013/post-16545-0-58085800-1387568197.jpg
  17. We will only be in Europe for about another 9 months, and have pretty much all of our travel planned out, so I doubt I'll be in Prague again in the near future. If you do acquire those medals, however, and have a website or an eBay store, I'd certainly be interested.
  18. Thanks for the advice. I wasn't aware that there was a 2nd edition of Laslo's book, and it would appear that I have the 1st. Looks like I have something to tell my wife that can be my next year's anniversary present. For some reason, finding the Belgian unofficials has been a recent obsession of mine...the Belgian version is my favorite "Victory" design and I've been looking all over for it on websites, but don't know that I can justify a trip to Belgium or the Czech Republic specifically to find them. It's good to know that the Italian unofficials are as rare as they appear to be...I haven't even seen them in the "sold" section of any website I've looked at.
  19. I honestly have no idea. I had been unsuccessfully looking for a Czech version throughout our whole vacation, and my wife just noticed this one down the street and convinced me to try one more. Lo and behold, they had a Czech one and several Belgians. It was a small, very disorganized store, so it's probably not one you would remember by name.
  20. I got my Czech version at an antique store in Prague about a year ago. I remember there being some Belgian copies in there and thinking "I've already got a Belgian one." Now that I know a bit more about the different versions, I wish I'd taken a closer look, because I'm unlikely to be in Prague again any time soon.
  21. Greetings all. I currently live in Sarajevo, and something about being in this city has sparked a real interest for me in WWI. As part of my interest, I've taken up collecting the inter-allied victory medal. I have at least one from each country, except Siam and Brazil, and am aiming to eventually (probably many decades from now) have one of each variety, official and unofficial. I have a couple questions for people more experienced in this hobby than I. Firstly, how many varieties are there that are not listed in Laslo's book? I have the book and have run across several that do not seem to be described there. The one that comes to mind is the official French medal with a triangle mark. As this one seems fairly easy to find, why is it not described in the book? What other countries have versions that he missed? Secondly, I've noticed there are some varieties that I virtually never see. How difficult is it to find, for instance, the non-official Belgians? I've seen the uniface Belgian plenty of times, but have never come across the types 1 or 2 unofficials. I also gather that the unofficial Italians are virtually impossible to find, particularly the ones with the different "Victory" varieties. Does anyone have a copy of these? How much do they typically sell for?
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