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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 41, October 8, 2006, Article 5

WORLD WAR I BELGIAN MEDALS REFERENCE SOUGHT

Steve Pellegrini writes: "For years I have collected historic
medals, always contemporary to the events they commemorate. I
have, over time, been interested in so many diverse eras and
medals that my library is pretty extensive and diverse. My
library has always been more of an accumulation of 'needed'
information, a working library rather than a connoisseur's
library of rare numismatic literature. However, this time out
the book I am in need of and searching for bridges both types
of libraries.

About eight years ago I became interested in collecting medals
by the early 20th century Munich medalist Karl Goetz. This led
me to an interest in the works of the best of his contemporaries.
Many of these were young artists experimenting in artistic styles
counter to the pervasive & prevailing influence of French
medalists. Eventually I found that the medals of these artists
I was collecting were from World War One. This interest in turn
led me to the medals of other countries involved in that horrific
awakening.

Naturally my library reflects this ongoing interest in the 1914-1919
years.  I have acquired many of the best references concerning medals
issued during that conflict and its aftermath. However there is a
gaping hole in my reference library. I lack a reference for the many
medals issued by Belgium during the war. At this time Belgium, like
Germany, was rich in young artistic talent interested in working in
the medallic medium. These artists created some of the most
significant medals of that war. But surprisingly, there is no
readily available catalogue of these works.

As I understand it there is one very fine reference to Belgium's WWI
medals. It is supposed to be extremely scarce and I have never run
across it or even its title. Does anyone out there know the book that
I might be referring to? If I had its title, author or ISBN perhaps
I could locate a copy. If any E-Sylum reader could supply me with
info on any reference book dedicated to Belgian medals of the
1914-1919 period I would be so very grateful."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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