101581 | GREAT BRITAIN. Engraved silver WWI ID Memento.
101581 | GREAT BRITAIN, INDIA & MIDDLE EAST. Engraved silver WWI ID Memento (30mm, 10.59 g, 12 h).
1912-1918 Indian rupee, with engraving upon reverse: "A PRESENT FROM / – MESOPOTAMIA –, radiant Garter Star above ribbon inscribed WORCESTERSHIRE. Edge: Reeded.
Cf. KM 524 (for host coin). Engraving & Host Coin: Near Extremely Fine. Pleasingly toned; holed at the top.
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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