Circular bronze medal with integral crown suspension. The face with a Leopold cross with crossed swords between the arms and with a crown at its centre, the upper arm bearing the cipher of King George I, the lower arm that of King Constantine I, circumscribed ‘With God, for King and Country’; the reverse inscribed in Greek meaning Macedonia Epirus Archipelago (the countries that fought) encircled by a laurel wreath, signed ‘G. Iakovidis’. On the ribbon there are 3 metal strips :DRISKOS, AETORRACHI, IOANINA where the battles took place.
Donated by Anthony and Maria Zannis.
The medal was instituted by Royal Decree on 17 February 1914 and awarded for participation in the First Balkan War of 1912-1913. An alliance of Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia ejected the Ottoman Turks from almost all their remaining European territories in 1912 and the war ended with the Treaty of London, 30 May 1913.
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Medal, Commemorative, 1912 – 1913, Dr. Anthony and Maria Zannis Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6667. Accessed 11/27/20.