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  1. 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?

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  2. 20 hours ago, Bilco said:

    Liverpool Medals currently have a modern copy of this medal in their list ...

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    The reverse is completely blank - Laslo shows the original was engrailed - with a ring of 95 raised dots around the circumference - with the centre blank.

    Liverpool Medals are asking £95 if you fancy a punt!

    Bill

    Thanks Bill.  Is there any reason to think this was actually a victory medal?  Laslo doesn't seem very sure.


  3. New acquisition: the "short" variant of the Lorioli-Castelli version.

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  4. 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?


  5. 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.

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