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  1. Hello frankguzzi, To echo and add to Graham's commets; no it is not an unofficial type 1 (Laslo classification). It is close in appearance to the unofficial type 1 but it is not the same. The give-away is the base metal that has a very dark chocolate brown appearance. The entire vic series was produced from this poor quality base metal in the early to mid 1980-1990 period and are commonly sold on ebay like platforms. In particular to this specific romanian example there are a number of well identifiable casting bubbles on the lower 6 o'clock position the obverse near the feet. You may also want to check the rim of the medal for a casting line. Regards from Australia, Rob To the mods, It would probably better if this thread was moved into the main Romanian vic thread to keep everything in the one location. Regards, Rob
  2. Graham, Without close-ups of the obverse/reverse it is difficult to tell from the posted pics. Give-away points are the J.S. marking on the obverse and the diacritic markings on the reverse. The images posted by Lambert on 13 November 2013 has a couple of well-lit pictures which can help with identifying the close-up details required. Having seen one or two of these items close-up it looks okay but you would really want to obtain some close-up pics before making any decision. Regards from Australia, Rob
  3. Hello Oliver, Altogether not unusual to see the naming too see the naming inverted. What is more interesting is the size of the smaller name stamping on the 1793 example. Also interesting to see an unnamed example. Are there any signs of naming removal or differences in the obverse die? Regards from Australia, Rob
  4. Hello Rob, Your item is an unofficial type 2 (Laslo classification). Of interest is the main planchet appears to be of a different composition than that of the unique suspender. This is most noticeable in the reverse pictures. It also looks like someone has cleaned just the main planchet but not the suspender. Irrespective of that it is an unofficial type 2. They have been seen in a variety of different finishes and with planchet variations that are extremely minor so I wouldn't read into that too much. Things to look at would be gently cleaning both the obverse of the suspender to remove the verdigris in between the roundels, as well as making some attempt to remove/reduce/clean the verdigris spot on the reverse. As this type of unofficial medal has been attributed to French manufacture I would recommend that you replace the ribbon with some french produced silk ribbon as then it would be true to type. A nice example in relatively good condition. Regards from Australia, Rob
  5. Hello David, There are numerous close-up pics of official strikes for you to be able to make a direct comparison on the Portuguese Victory Medals sub-thread. In regards a price range, that is a vexing question only limited by what the individual collector is willing to pay to obtain a piece. Everyone's price range and limit will be different. Welcome to the forum. Regards, Rob
  6. Hello Oliver, It is not unusual to see die differences on the reverse planchet of the Pautot-Mattei unofficial variety. Even in the two examples you have illustrated there are very minor die differences on the reverse. It is also not unusual to see the absence of a makers mark and BRONZE on the rim. There is another strike that has the square makers mark of M. Delande with the word BRONZE as well although that particular variety is becoming quite difficult to find. Thanks for adding to the list of examples. Regards, Rob
  7. Hello Bill, A nice French produced US vic with some rarely seen French produced clasps. These specific variety are rarely seen and are rare even among French collectors. There is a complete set of clasps including the rarely seen SOMME clasp. A great pickup of a French produced US vic with rarely seen clasps. Regards, Rob
  8. Hello jhvelez, This question has already been asked, and answered, in the main French medal thread. In short examples of the Charles vic variety that do not have the edge/rim markings do exist but they are more difficult to find. A good place to start would be the French medal thread as it has much more detailed information posted there. Regards, Rob
  9. Hi Paul, Unfortunately not. I almost stumbled across the vic when looking for a particular indian vic group to a member of 52nd Sikhs/Frontier Force Regiment. Good to know that the recipient served in Waziristan. Regards, Rob
  10. Hello Paul, I have a vic to a RFM Dhaman Singh Khatri M.D. The information that was provided to me was that this RFM was a member of a Royal Nepalese Army Contingent of Mahindra Dal, with the M.D. reportedly standing for Battalion in Nepalese. Would you have any further information on these units? Regards, Rob
  11. Hello Paul, I would agree that it is becoming a bit more difficult to find a Cuban vic in good condition, although they are much more prevalent in the market than the Brazil vic, type 2. A quick online search shows there are a few cuban examples for sale but some of them have been 'cleaned' which removes the lovely darker patina that bronze medals have. Ebay has a number of interesting rules which preclude obtaining items of cuban provenance. Depending on how much you have to spend you should be able to still pick up a cuban vic. The more difficult to find, in good condition, is the Brazil vic, type 2 with the Brazil vic, type 1 almost impossible to find. Good luck in your search. Regards, Rob
  12. Hello Trajan, I would echo the comments above about waiting and obtaining an official one that is complete. Unless you can find a really skilled jeweller to re-make the unique greek style suspender you would be better off waiting to obtain a complete piece. The Greek vics are not that uncommon and appear regularly for modest prices. Regards, Rob
  13. Hello Oliver, The unofficial type 3 (Alex Laslo listing) doest exist but they are extremely rare. I can confirm the details listed that they don't have the name Henri Nocq on the obverse but do have the 'O' on the reverse. Due to a variety of reasons I no longer post items from my collection here on GMIC but can confirm this variety does exist. I hope this is of some use. Regards, Rob
  14. Hello Paul, There are only estimates of medals awarded which is not necessarily consistent with actual combatant numbers. The original decrees (Decree 905 10 June 1922 for Navy, and Decree 1155 27 August 1924 for Army) does also not make reference to any police personnel. Laslo quotes a figure of 6,000-7,000 medals issued, with that number drawn from a Dr. K.G. Klietmann work published in a 1981 OMRS article. Given the paucity of available records, and the difficulty of confirming any details, out of Cuba, I think we will be left with estimates for the time being. Regards, Rob
  15. Hello Bill, A nice pickup with the green Frederico Costa box. These boxes are also seen in a darker blue colour as well. Either way they are not easy to find in complete non-crushed condition. Regards, Rob
  16. Hello Oliver, The list of Naval clasps and eligible ships is contained in print in the book 'The Call of Duty'. There is also numerous websites that have the complete listing. If you search for 'Naval clasps and service credits' you should be successful in your search. Regards, Rob
  17. Hello Bill, Your assumption is correct. The Repro type 1 was indeed produced by Arthus Bertrand, and it is quite a difficult example to find. The Delande produced repro is not listed in Laslo. Regards, Rob
  18. And another. Special Service Medal. Regards, Rob
  19. Here is another. Gallantry Cross with gold star. Regards, Rob
  20. To all the RVN collectors, In the Medals of America publication 'The Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Vietnam and Her Allies, 1950-1975', mention is made of a Unit Citation award of the Military Merit Medal. The wording on page 34 of that publication is: 'Unit Award (Huy-Hiệu Tuyên-Cộng Đơn-Vị). Apparently authorised circa 1974. Description: The ribbon is in a gold-frame with a leaf background'. Given the difficult security situation that RVN was in, circa 1974, it is possible that these awards were never made despite the apparent authorisation. Have any RVN collectors ever seen such a Military Merit Medal Unit Award and if so are there any pics available? Regards, Rob
  21. Hello David, As far as a comparison picture is concerned, if you go back through this particular thread there are numerous pics of all the 4 common varieties. A specific composite picture is at post #15 with a close-up of the two different F.M. Lorioli-Castelli varieties at post #19. I have stopped posting my collection but there are numerous other illustrations in this thread which show the level of detail and differences between the varieties which can help you. Here is a pic of the official 'type 4' (This is not in my collection). Regards, Rob
  22. And another. Hazardous Service Medal. Regards, Rob
  23. Hello all, Some further contributions to this thread. All items are local RVN manufactured versions. Army Meritorious Service Medal. Any comments welcome. Regards, Rob
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