Medallion, Obv: female figure (Peace) flanked by two doves standing over two male crouching figures. Figure on left in chains and n right entangled in vegetation., The words "Peace 1919 Australia" are inscribed in base. Makers name "Stokes Cor" on obverse rim. Rev: the word "Victory" super imposed on rays of the sun and crown over the words "The Triumph of Liberty and Justice", surrounded by wreath flanked by sailor and soldier all over words "THE PEACE OF 1919" Plain edge with loop at top.
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
History and use
‘Peace’ or ‘Victory’ medallions were issued after World War 1 to every child in Australia aged 0-14 years and up to 16 years if their parents were in the armed forces. The medallion was designed by Melbourne-based sculptor and painter Charles Douglas Richardson and red, white and blue striped ribbons and pins were supplied by the Department of Defence. The Department contracted the manufacture of the medallions to six companies: two in Melbourne, two in Sydney and one each in Brisbane and Adelaide.
The distribution of the medallions to an estimated 1.25 million eligible Australian children began in March 1919 with the intention that they be presented on or around the Australia-wide peace celebrations on 19 July that year.