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Sorry, pressed submit before adding my write-up. Meant to say these arrived today. The ribbons are obviously modern, but I'm a bit concerned about the medals themselves. Anyone enlighten me on whether they thing they're modern copies or not. The Ethiopia Campaign one is oddly black!

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the Ethiopian Campaign Medal of the official, state issue, should bear the crowned "Z" mark of the Royal Italian Mint, but due to the very large number of medals that had to be awarded, the Ministry of War purchased all the medals necessary to complete the distribution, from various makers, f. instance, Lorioli, Johnson, Pagani, etc.


I confirm that this medal is usually finished with a dark, almost black patina.


The other medal looks ok too.


All the best,


Enzo (E.L.)

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