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  1. Dear members, I was wondering if anyone has any information about when, where and to whom was awarded the austrian medal of 1912-13 (Balkan Wars). http://www.medal-med...c5b43b517e712e6 Any help would be highly appreciated!
  2. I had the chance of being one of the first to get this excellent work on Osmanie and Medjidie orders by Avsar Ibar, one of the best dealers and collectors of ottoman Orders and medals and a good connoisseur. The book leaves a very good impression to the collector and researcher of the aforementioned Orders and covers gaps in the literature. It has good quality pictures and contains some really rare pieces. Highly recommended to whoever is interested in balkan phaleristics. It's worth mentioning that the mintage is only 300.
  3. The fourth one is the silver Royal Foundation medal. The Royal Foundation used to issue prizes mainly to local authorities for their contribution to the national development. They are not state decorations. The small star device on the silver cross of valor is really strange. I've never seen something like this.
  4. Hello from Greece. Are you looking just for photos of the awards, or the awards themselves to buy? Just to let you know, there is another, different medal and award document for the Peacekeeping missions that involve the Police.
  5. makedon

    Korean War Medal Bars

    Sorry to say, but the greek group is obviously a fake... The military merit medal is the modern issue. As I can easily tell by the medals' quality, they are part of the big group which was found in the army depots and were sold to a dealer. He probably "fixed" some medal bars himself... Sorry to say, but the greek group is obviously a fake... The military merit medal is the modern issue. As I can easily tell by the medals' quality, they are part of the big group which was found in the army depots and were sold to a dealer. He probably "fixed" some medal bars himself...
  6. Hello Jeff, An expected time to stay at the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the greek army would be 3 years. However, in wartime period, being promoted for bravery was also possible. As opposed to the US system, an NCO would eventually become an officer, after about 10 to 15 years I would say. There are also the reserve officers who are normal conscript soldiers who get officer's training and they used to become officers after 2 years (2nd Lt). If you have any specific questions, you are wwelcome to contact me with PM.
  7. Original medals. 1st ribbon is replacement ribbon (not used), second probably original, 3rd ribbon is a copy.
  8. Hello and happy new year Tim, The left is Kelaidis manufacture (post WWII), the right is Spink's manufacture (WW2 issue) and the one in the bar is Huguenin manufacture. Would it be possible to send me a reverse of the medal bar, please? Regards, Dimitris
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    Greece

    Hello Jan, In general terms, the width of each ribbon is specified by the regulations. I think there is no official length, but even if there is, it was never strictly followed. The length is usually 6.5-7 cm. If you are looking for any ribbons or greek medals, please let me know. Dimitris
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    Greece victory medal

    Original medal, cylinder is a copy, suspension ring is uncertain from this photo. The ribbon is a replacement one.
  11. The Order of George I was attributed to military personnel, as well as civilians. The R. Souval issue is the typical post-WWI example that we see in greek medal bars.
  12. Dear collectors, I am a greek collector visiting St Petersburg this week. Does anyone know names of fleamarkets-antiquemarkets-medal shops or fairs? Also, are there any collectors' meetings? I am mainly looking for greek and balkan militaria and medals, but I will be glad to come to contact with fellow Russian collectors that collect other countries, too. Dimitris
  13. Hello everybody! I recently found this Knight's Iron Cross, marked "800", with another unclear mark on the suspension ring. It looks original to me but, as I am not really an expert on german stuff, a second opinion would be appreciated. Are there any copies made with these characteristics? Thank you in advance!
  14. Additionally to the previous medal, I'd appreciate an opinion about this EK Oak leaf , which doesn't look good to me.
  15. Very nice documents anyway. More history is written on the documents, than the medals, most of the time. I am in Belgrade and will stay here until Thursday. If there are any Serbian collectors who would like to meet me, it will be my pleasure (especially if anybody has Greek Orders and medals for sale!) Regards, Dimitris +30-6932-838679
  16. Dear Collectors, I found this nice Commander's Cross box, by Godet and I am wondering which Order goes with it. Any ideas? Happy New Year everyone!
  17. At first, the medal of the Order of George I was awarded in two classes only (gold and silver); later a third (bronze) class was added. Without swords, it was also used as Royal Household medal. Award diplomas are rare, but do exist. I am attaching some photos of both the medal and the Order of George I.
  18. Wow! Great document streptile!!! It would be nice to find his Order, too! By the way, Godet has manufactured the Greek Cross of Valor in around 1920. Do you happen to have any documents mentioning greek orders? Happy New Year!
  19. Wow! Great document streptile!!! It would be nice to find his Order, too! By the way, Godet has manufactured the Greek Cross of Valor in around 1920. Do you happen to have any documents mentioning greek orders? Happy New Year!
  20. Many thanks for the already useful information! The box dimensions are 70x100 mm The order's dimensions are 45x65 mm It looks like a large Officer's or a small Commander's box. The inside ribbon that you see in the photo is a Redeemer's ribbon. I found the box with a Redeemer's Cross inside, obviously the wrong order... I am still thinking if I will give it away or keep it.
  21. Your advice and information are always valuable Avsar! Thank you for reporting these fakes, I think fake orders and medals is one of the biggest problems of our time. We should all follow your example and report dealers and manufacturers of fake items.
  22. A nice example of an old Order of the Orthodox crusaders of Jerusalem or Holy Sepulcture, as it is often described. here is another nice example.
  23. makedon

    Antiestrategos medal bar

    The comments are right, nevertheless as no swords are seen on the ribbon bar, it looks that the recipient just mounted the ribbon bars in a wrong way and he included both Gold Cross and Commander classes of the phoenix.
  24. I have never seen a Greek Commander of the Cross of Valour manufactured by Godet. Do you have any specimens, photos or other documentation about it? Gold and silver crosses are common and Godet boxes are often found with them, but I've never seen acommander box either. It would be nice to see one, if you can provide us some photos.
  25. Hello, it is not the war cross, it is the military merit medal, 4th class. probably Huguenin made.
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