101611 | FRANCE. Victory and Tanks Art Deco bronze Plaque.
101611 | FRANCE. Victory and Tanks Art Deco bronze Plaque. Issued circa 1945. "Les Chars Avant-Garde de La Victoire" (Tanks — the vanguard of victory) (95x55mm, 217.28 g, 12h). By P. A. Morlon at the Paris mint.
Victory flying left, holding shield and sword; below, four tanks advancing left; in three lines to right, LES CHARS / AVANT–GARDE / DE LA VICTOIRE / Field mostly blank for engraving; above, medieval helmet over crossed cannons; oak leaves in the margins in background. Edge: «cornucopia» METAL - D.
Choice Mint State. Yellow-bronze surfaces, a few light spots. An engaging World War II-era restrike of the 1919 original, originally issued just after World War I.
Seldom encountered in numismatics, this type presents WWI-era tanks being guided across the battlefield. First introduced in 1916 by the British at the Battle of the