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  1. Since many nice pictures of al Valore Militare medals for the Italian 2nd War of Independence (1859) circulate on the forum, I thought it would be interesting to add this one: it is an unusual engraving, with "Armata d'Italia 1859" instead of the usual "Guerre d'Italie 1859". I have the recipient's history from French archives, a very interesting career, I must say; the medal has been in my collection for more than 20 years and comes from a reputed dealer; type is F.G., engraving is correct, identical to many other 1859 specimens of my collection and I have no reason to doubt about its originality. This engraving confirms what was said on the forum, i. e. that no attributions (and thus, engravings) were made in Torino where the medal was struck, but it was rather left to French regiments to decide on the attributions, and engrave the medal. In this respect, I have an interesting document of that period, providing the guidelines of engraving. If interested, I can scan it and put it on the forum. It would be interesting to create a set of specimens, for appreciating different engraving styles. I know of at least four different styles.
  2. Hello. I just purchased this interesting commander’s cross. It states ‘Union et Maintien’ on the cross center. As I researched this, I found a certificate for this exact cross, but in a Chevalier class. There the collector referenced it as Belgian. I have a number of questions: 1. Is this Belgian or French? 2. If it is Belgian, why no crown? 3. Who issued and awarded this medal (a government ministry or some association)? 4. I know this is for Social and Philanthropic services rendered. Do you know though the criteria? Especially, why were there several grades? 5. What time period is this from? 6. Is this a common medal or is it somewhat rare? 7. What would you estimate the value? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks you. Linas
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