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Allied Victory Medal, 1914-18: CM.1474-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Havana
State: Cuba
Artist: Chandos, C.




When the Great War of 1914-1918 had ended, there was a genuine feeling among the victorious Allies that their military efforts had been instrumental in preserving modern civilization, and this and the united spirit of the Alliance were commemorated in a combined issue of medals to those who had seen active service during the conflict. 13 nations in all issued a variety of this medal; all shared the rainbow ribbon and suspension, and all but the Japanese, who lacked a comparable symbolic figure, used a form of Victory on the obverse and a legend on the reverse.
This is an example of the issue made by the Republic of Cuba. The medal remains unnamed as issued, and it cannot therefore be known to whom it was awarded. Lester Watson bought the medal from the London dealers Baldwin at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.7 mm
Weight: 21.74 g

Place(s) associated

  • Havana

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1919 CE - 1920 CE

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Victory before [indistinct background] with sword and palm held aloft

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Cuban arms with casque atop, two sprays of leaves behind and above

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1474-2009
Primary reference Number: 141568
Watson Catalogue: R
Ordering: M-0357
Previous object number: LW.0357
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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