101580 | GREAT BRITAIN. Sgt. J. R. Berry engraved silver WWI ID Badge/Memento.

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    101580  |  GREAT BRITAIN & FRANCE. Sgt. J. R. Berry engraved silver WWI ID Badge or Memento (27mm, 9.39 g, 12 h).

     

    1898-1918 French franc, with engraving upon reverse: "SGT. J. R. BERRY. / • C OF E • / • 202319 • / 4th E. LANCS." in four lines; all within serrate and dentilled border. Edge: Reeded.

     

    Cf. KM 844.1 (for host coin). Engraving & Host Coin: Near Extremely Fine. Pleasingly toned.

     

    In the early-mid 20th century, during the depths of despair that were the world wars, engraved coin art in the vein of love tokens saw a great rise. Such forms of coin art, usually referred to in this context as "trench art," offered soldiers a brief chance at escapism through sentimental creativity.

     

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