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  1. Any opinions on this one from eMedals? If genuine, maybe I'll forfeit all my Christmas presents next December. https://www.emedals.com/a-first-war-brazilian-victory-medal-con-41
  2. Hi Percy, that looks to me like an unofficial type 1. There is, however, an official type 2 that just got put on eBay, if you're interested in taking a swing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORTUGAL-WW-I-INTER-ALLIED-VICTORY-MEDAL-ISSUED-1919-MEDALHA-DA-VIToRIA-SCARSE-/122311327186?hash=item1c7a52bdd2:g:VRsAAOSwA3dYejon
  3. I have taken the trouble of mounting my collection, thus far. My examples of the Siamese and Brazilian medals are reproductions (as well as, possibly, my "landing victory" Italian), but all others are genuine as far as I know. I am missing several major variants, including Greece unofficial type 3, Italy official type 5 and unofficial types 2 and 3, Portugal official type 1 and unofficial type 2, and South Africa type 2. I have seen both the South African type 2 and Portuguese unofficial type 2 for sale online, but both got away from me. The others, I have never seen at all, as far as I remember. Anyone aware of any of these for sale somewhere?
  4. After much hunting, I completed my collection of the three variants of Lorioli's Italian medal.
  5. Anyone have thoughts on if this is a genuine official Siamese vic? It looks pretty legit to me. http://www.emedals.com/a-rare-wwi-thai-victory-medal-w2010
  6. Thanks Bill. Is there any reason to think this was actually a victory medal? Laslo doesn't seem very sure.
  7. Hi Lambert, the one I'm actually talking about is Laslo's unofficial type 4, which is a completely different design from the regular Italian medals, and has a blank reverse. He calls it "landing victory" in his table at the beginning of the Italy section of his book.
  8. Does anyone know the status of the "landing victory" medal listed in Laslo's book? He noted that it might have been an athletic award, which makes me wonder why he bothered including it at all, and I note it is not in Michels' book. Has this one been shown to not be a victory medal?
  9. Does anyone have any tips on the best way to polish medal? I'm looking into making a display for mine.
  10. New acquisition: the "short" variant of the Lorioli-Castelli version. ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="750px">
  11. Thanks Johnny, I actually have your book, but the eBay medal doesn't appear to be in there. I'm just wondering what the history of this particular version is and how it is known to be a reproduction/fake.
  12. Thanks for the responses. Just for my own education, how can you tell it's fake and not just another rare variety? My first thought was that it was the extremely rare type 1, which I realized it wasn't after I looked at the date, positions of the impressions, and suspension. Other than that, it has about the same level of quality of some of the unofficials.
  13. Does anyone know if there are multiple variants signed by DaSilva? I have come across a variant I hadn't previously seen with his name impressed, plus the date MCMXIX and some other die differences from the official type 1 as described in Laslo's book.
  14. Is anyone aware of a Lorioli variant in which "Casteli" has only one L?
  15. I actually got the MIC from Ancestry.com, because I was trying to make sure before I bought it that it was a Type 1. The medal was unaccompanied by the 1915 Star or BWM, but maybe I'll run across them some day.
  16. Thanks for the info, Gunner, I was wondering if the recipient might have tinkered with it to give it a sheen.
  17. I may have finally acquired a British Type 1, but am unsure. As you can see, it has a bit of a shine to it, but it's a very dull shine and the suspension appears that it may have been soldered. Unfortunately, these are the best pictures I can get right now, as the medal is actually at my parents' house and I will not have it for a few months. Even though it is a tad shinier than the other Type 1s I have seen, the reason I think this is Type 1 is because of the medal roll card, which indicates it was received on 15 November 1920, before the Type 2 was produced. So, what are your opinions? Have I misidentified something or is this just a Type 1 that is in unusually good condition?
  18. My collection grows: the elusive Rumania unofficial type 3A. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-16545-0-42374000-1409070195.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2014/post-16545-0-61775700-1409070261.jpg
  19. I don't have my book with me, so I don't remember which version is which, but he said it is 1914, NOT 1915. So it would be whichever version has no names inscribed on the obverse.
  20. What appears to be one of the rare Italian variants is on ebay right now. I contacted the seller who said that the date on the back is 1914, not 1915, leaving me no interest in bidding on this one. He also said he ships to the US, despite the listing saying only Italy, so I'm sure he'd ship to anyone on this board. http://www.ebay.it/itm/261563185026
  21. Guess that shows what I know, but I've only ever run across two of them, and bought both.
  22. The only one of these I haven't seen at least once is the Greek unofficial type 2. I missed out on the other three when I saw them, but am holding out hope that someone will have an extra for trade, since the Riemer Belgian is also quite rare.
  23. I recently acquired a Riemer unofficial version and, since I now have two of them, I thought I'd offer it for trade. Would anyone be interested in trading for one of the following: Great Britain Type 1, Greece Type 3, Italy Type 5, Romania Type 3 or 3A, South Africa Type 1.
  24. I have the good fortune to live in Sarajevo and to have been present at the assassination site at the exact time, 100 years later. I was disappointed with the event however, as there really wasn't one. No cannon shot or moment of silence to mark the assassination. There was an older man present in what looked to be his Austrian military uniform, there was a replica of the car, and some political delegation drove by en route to a hotel. There was a concert by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at night, which I did not attend, but that seems to have been the only real event to mark the occasion. There was also a notable lack of sobriety, with people milling about, waving flags, and singing religious and nationalistic songs. There was even a man with a water gun who jokingly shot at every car that drove by. And now I'm reading that a statue to Princip has been erected in East Sarajevo--which is actually a separate city from Sarajevo itself. The ghosts of 1914 continue to haunt this region.
  25. Another recent acquisition: Belgian type 1A http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_06_2014/post-16545-0-42878900-1403027179.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_06_2014/post-16545-0-04886700-1403027258.jpg
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