101578 | BELGIUM. World War II Art Deco [Artist's Proof] bronze Medal.

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    101578 | BELGIUM. World War II Art Deco [Artist's Proof] bronze Medal. Issued 1945. Belgium is Grateful to the Liberating Armies (80mm, 199.39 g, 12h). By M. Rau.

     

    Personifications of the Rivers Scaldis (Scheldt), holding anchor and grain ears, and Mosa (Meuse), holding sledgehammer and wheel, standing facing one another on pedestals decorated with civic coats-of-arms; in background, rising sun between implements of industry and commerce / 1944-45 / GRATEFUL BELGIUM TO / THE LIBERATING ARMIES in three lines; crowned coat-of-arms to left; above, relief map of Belgium with various cities engaged during the war outlined. Edge: FISCH FONSON EPREUVE 88.

     

    Choice Mint State. Yellow-brown surfaces, with a delightful matte nature; a few light spots are noted on the obverse. An exceptionally beautiful and rare Art Deco medal with World War II significance.

     

    After being occupied by German forces for four years toward the end of World War II, Belgium finally found freedom in the form of allied forces consisting of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Poland, and the Netherlands. This medal celebrates the countries which offered aid and shows the gratitude felt by Belgium following her liberation.

     

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