101814 | FRANCE. Battle of the Marne/Char d’Assaut bronze Medal.

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    101814  |  FRANCE. Battle of the Marne/Char d’Assaut bronze Medal. Originally 1918/21, through more likely a circa 1950 restrike (68mm, 148.09 g, 12h). By P.-A. Morlon at the Paris mint.

     

    Marianne-Victory advancing right, holding sword and guiding a Saint-Chamond tank across the battlefield (no man's land) / Wreath surrounding central field left blank for inscription. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.

     

    The Art of Devastation 15; Maier 294. Choice Mint State. Light tan-bronze surfaces, with a subtle matte nature. Compare to a similar piece which sold for a total of $408 in April 2020 (Stack's Bowers CCO, lot 30049).

     

    Seldom encountered in numismatics, this type presents a WWI-era tank being guided across the battlefield. First introduced in 1916 by the British at the Battle of the Somme, tanks were quickly adopted by other powers to be used during warfare.