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Organisation of American States (OAS): Medal of Merit

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch riband that is fitted with long hinged pin and intricate drop lock & clasp fittings

The Organization of American States 'Merit Medal' has its origins in the 1965 Dominican Republic crisis. A leftist revolution broke out that would have succeeded had it not been for an American military intervention in cooperation with the Organization of American States or OAS. To honour the participants of this campaign the Inter-American Peace Medal for Merit was designed with a Spanish legend and inscription and showing the western hemisphere

The OAS came into being in 1948 with the signing in Bogota, Colombia, of the Charter of the OAS, which entered into force in December 1951. It was subsequently amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, signed in 1967, which entered into force in February 1970; by the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias, signed in 1985, which entered into force in November 1988; by the Protocol of Managua, signed in 1993, which entered into force in January 1996; and by the Protocol of Washington, signed in 1992, which entered into force in September 1997

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter, "an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence"

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU)

The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development

Condition: GVF

Code: 20290


United States: Department of Defense Desert Shield / Desert Storm Service Medal (1990-1991)

Awarded to eligible qualifying 'Civilians' employed / contracted by the United States Department of Defense during the Gulf War of 1990-1991

The medal fitted with crimp brooch mounting bar with Government Contractors marks for 'LI-GI' (Lordship Industries) which retains the long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fitting as issued

Reference 'USA Gulf War Civilian Service Medal by S.G. 'Yash' Yasinitsky published in the OMSA Journal Volume 42 of 1991 No 12;



A new medal for service in the Gulf War has been approved by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and is scheduled to be distributed to about 4,000 civilians who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as employees of the Defense Department or as workers who supported the war effort, such as members of the Red Cross, the USO, and the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. The obverse of the new civilian medal is inscribed "DESERT SHIELD" along its upper circumference, and "DESERT STORM" along its lower circumference. In the center it shows a shield with a torch adopted from the Statue of Liberty, placed over a pair of crossed sabers. The reverse design hasin its center the eagle from the Department 30 of Defense Seal. Above is the inscription "DEPARTMENT/OF/DEFENSE" and below are crossed sprigs of laurel. The ribbon appears to be similar to that of the Southwest Asia Service Medal, but not identical.


Condition: EF

Code: 19570


France: Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combatant)

Medal with official Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo and marks indented on reverse arms of cross

The medal fitted and suspended form its original stitched silk riband

Condition: GVF

Code: 18828


Belgium: Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance / De Gewapende Weerstandsmedaille. Set sold with companion miniature medal

Awarded to all members of the Belgian Resistance that actively resisted the Nazi enemy through combat or acts of sabotage

The silk riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the traditional Belgian style

Condition: EF

Code: 19933

40.00 GBP

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United States: Medal of Freedom (Instituted 1945)

The decoration fitted with contemporary slot-brooch mounting pin, as issued. The brooch retaining the original intricate long hinged pin & drop lock clasp fittings

Originally intended as a decoration for award to foreign nationals - specifically civilian - for specific acts of courage, or meritorious service that aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against the 'Axis Forces' 1941-1945

Although open for award in all theatres of war, in practise the medal was mostly awarded to resistance fighters and members of groups that gave succour to downed United States and allied airmen on the escape line networks established across Nazi occupied Europe

This very prestigious award was replaced in 1963 by 'Presidential decree', with the institution of the 'Presidential Medal Of Freedom' - the second highest Federal award in the United States honours system

A fine early contemporary strike of an infrequently awarded United States decoration

Condition: EF

Code: 19624

95.00 GBP

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United States: Defence Superior Service Medal

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch with long-hinged pin & intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a senior decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces (all services and branches) who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility"

The decoration is most often presented to senior officers in the flag and general officer grades, followed by a lesser number of colonels and USN and USCG captains. The medal is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense and was established by President Gerald R. Ford on February 6, 1976, in Executive Order 11904

Condition: EF

Code: 20328

30.00 GBP

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United States: Navy Good Conduct Medal. Type IV 1961- current issue

The medal fitted with unmarked 12mm crimp brooch mounting bar (Vietnam era). The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop clasp fittings as issued

A good early 'Matt Finish' strike of the Navy Good Conduct Medal as awarded during the era Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 20314


Belgium: Centenary of Independence Commemoration Medal 1830-1930

A most attractive silvered octagon shaped medal, bearing obverse portraits of 3 x Belgian Kings

The reverse of riband fitted with typical two-pronged Belgian mounting pin

Condition: EF

Code: 16700

20.00 GBP

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Belgium: Yser Cross 1914 (Croix De L'Yser 1914 avec Fourragere). The riband fitted with a 'Fourragere' in the colours of the Order of Leopold

The 'Fourragere' in the colours of the Order of the Leopold was instituted by the Royal Decree of 26 October 1918. The award denoted a unit that had cited for commendation several times in Army Orders during the Great war

Originally instituted as a medal (Royal Decree 18 October 1918), the medal was upgraded to a 'Cross' by Royal Decree of 5 February 1934. In practise many surviving veterans opted not to obtain the costlier 'Crosses' and consequently Yser Crosses are much scarcer on the market than the corresponding earlier issued medals

The medal riband fitted with a traditional mounting rod or 'Boule', as worn in the Belgian style

Scarce fund in this condition with 'Fourragere'

Condition: About EF

Code: 18292

165.00 GBP

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Belgium: Interallied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Medaille de la Victorie 1914-1918)

Condition: GVF

Code: 19112


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