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French commemorative medal for voluntary service in the Free French Forces

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Hi Gents

Here are 2 different versions of the medal, the left with Paris Mint markings on the reverse. Can anyone please provide any information on the origins of the smaller version on the left please? I have seen versions like this marked with metal on the top of the suspension but this does not appear to have any markings (that I have noticed).



France-Commemorative Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France(O)-Comparison.JPG

France-Commemorative Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France(R)-Comparison.JPG

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j think's that's the same medal maker of the modèle with the word "metal" on the top : DELANDE.


for Paris mint exist : matt and  bright.

j trie to make photograph an other time.

have a good sunday. pat66


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hello dave,

here is two issues of the DELANDE maker, with metal on the top at left and no mark at right

the chobillon issue was nearly but with hallmark AXC on the top (sorry j dont'have in my collect)

sea you soon, pat66




hello again,

here is two issues of the Paris mint, an ancient made (matt) at left and a modern made (chrome ? bright) at right.

just one time again. pat




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hello re again, 

other two issues, MARIE STUART at left and BACQUEVILLE (the avers is lightly bulbing) at right.

that's all for this day. pat.



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