Medal of Honour for Regions, Departments and Communes, Gold Medal (stamped "G. CROUZAT," 1952-1990)
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The Medal of Honour for Regions, Departments and Communes was created on June 7, 1945, as the Medal for Departments and Communes. Its current name was established in 1987.
This Medal replaced the Medal of Honour for Public Roadways, the Medal of Honour for Paris Markets, the Medal of Honour for Octroi Officers, and the Medal of Honour for Communes.
From 1945-1987 the Silver Medal was awarded for 25 years of service, the Gilt Medal was awarded for 35 years of service, and the Gold Medal was awarded for 45 years of service. The Silver Medal and Gilt Medal have been awarded for 20 and 30 years of service, respectively, since 1987. From 1987-2005 the Gold Medal was awarded for 38 years of service. It has since been awarded for 35 years of service. The Gilt Medal was added as a grade in 1946, and the Gold Medal was added as a grade in 1952.
There are two versions of the Medal which vary in size and engraving. The first version has an obverse inscription that translates to “French Republic, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” and a reverse inscription that translates to “Local Collective.” The second version has an obverse inscription that translates to “Medal of Honour for Regions, Departments, Communes,” and a reverse inscription that translates to French Republic, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”
There may be additional versions which vary in size, composition, or manufacturer.
Obv: REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ Rev: COLLECTIVES LOCALES [RECIPIENT DETAILS]
This version was stamped Georges Crouzat. The suspension on this version is enamelled. This is unique to the gold grade of this versi...
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