100900 | GREAT BRITAIN & FRANCE. Sir Winston Churchill bronze Medal.

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    100900 | GREAT BRITAIN & FRANCE. Sir Winston Churchill bronze Medal. Issued circa 1945-1965. The Liberation of France (67mm, 164.54 g, 12h). By P. Turin at the Paris mint.

     

    WINSTON CHURCHILL, uniformed bust facing slightly left, wearing cap / Familial coat-of-arms of the Spencer-Churchills; in four lines in exergue, NOUS N'AVONS QU'UN DÉSIR / VOIR UNE FRANCE FORTE ET LIBRE / ENTOURÉE DE SON EMPIRE / ET RÉUNIE A L'ALSACE-LORRAINE (for ourselves, we have no wish but to see France free and strong, with her Empire gathered round her and with Alsace-Lorraine restored). Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.

     

    Engstrom 11D; Eimer 2069. Choice Mint State. Glossy yellow-brown surfaces, with a light antiquing.

     

    This medal was issued following the liberation of France during World War II and Churchill's visit during the Armistice Day parade on 11 November 1944. The obverse presents a stern and determined countenance of the longstanding British Prime Minister, while the reverse features his familial coat-of-arms—that of the Spencer-Churchills—from which Lady Diana [Spencer] of Wales was descended, Winston being a distant cousin of hers.

     

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