Medal of Honour from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Gold Medal (stamped "H.PONSCARME")
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The Medal of Honour from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was created on July 16, 1886, but was later replaced by the Medal of Honour of Labour on May 15, 1948. It was awarded for long and faithful employment.
The Medal had five grades. From 1886-1893 the Medal had four grades. The Bronze Medal was awarded for 30 years of service in the same establishment, the Silver Medal was awarded for 40 years of service, the Gilt Medal was awarded for 50 years of service, and the Gold Medal was awarded for 60 years of service. From 1893-1913, only the Silver Medal was awarded for 30 years of service. The Gilt Medal was reinstated in 1913. The “Rappel de Vermeil” (Reminder of the Gilt Medal) was created in 1927 for 60 years of service and was worn with a gilt palm wreath clasp.
From 1918-1948 the Medals were not awarded according to service times, but rather by decision of a twelve person committee. Workers in Algeria or other territories always benefitted from a 10 year reduction in service requirements. These Medals were distinguished by a surmounting crescent and star.
There are two versions of the Medal which vary in engraving. Both have an obverse inscription that translates to “French Republic,” and a reverse inscription that translates to “Honour, Labour, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.”
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