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On 6/17/2016 at 16:18, Signalcorps45 said:

Dave,

What does that mean?  Everything I have seen shows this medal being issued in 1915.  Please help. 

Dean

 

 

Honestly, I don't know.  1332 does correspond to the start of the war in August 1914, so maybe the dating is like the French Croix de Guerre or various bars to some German decorations like the medal of the Saxe-Ernestine Order from Saxe-Coburg & Gotha.  I don't have my Turkish reference works at hand.

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On 6/20/2016 at 16:27, Dave Danner said:

Honestly, I don't know.  1332 does correspond to the start of the war in August 1914, so maybe the dating is like the French Croix de Guerre or various bars to some German decorations like the medal of the Saxe-Ernestine Order from Saxe-Coburg & Gotha.  I don't have my Turkish reference works at hand.

Dave,

Thanks for checking anyway.  I did find this website, maybe you can make some sense of it.

http://www.ottoman-uniforms.com/ottoman-turkish-orders-medals-an-overview/

chuck and ccj thank you for the nice comments.

Dean

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According to that site, and to Wikipedia, from 1840 to 1926 the Ottomans used for certain purposes the Rumi calendar. Rumi means Roman and refers to a modified Julian calendar.  Apparently, they adopted it as the Islamic calendar is lunar, and the length of the year is thus shorter than the solar year.  By the Rumi calendar, 1332 equals 1916.  Still no idea why they would specifically use that date on the medal bar.  Ottoman coins can be even more annoying, since they often used regnal years. So all coins under a sultan would have the same year when he came to power, and another number elsewhere on the coin for how many years into his reign the coin was minted.

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turkish-militaria.com

Mr Canbaz has a great collection.

The sabers were given for war merit and  imo the written date is correct.

It looks like a turkish made one.

I have 3 bars with a liakat on it.

But ask our turkish member Demir. If i am right there are also fakes out there.

 

 

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