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Carol I
Posted: November 27, 2005 11:04 pm
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The Commemorative Cross of the 1916-1918 War has been established through Royal Decree 1744 of 8 July 1918 and has been awarded to the civilians and the military personnel that participated to WWI. The badge was a Byzantine cross with the cypher of King Ferdinand on the obverse and the years 1916-1918 on the reverse. Participation to particular battles was marked through the addition of metal clasps to the ribbon of the cross.

Several variations of this cross exist, the most easily recognisable one being that with the years 1916-1919 on the reverse which supposedly marked the participation to the 1919 campaigns.

Please post here images of the different versions of this medal as well as any information related to them.
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Posted: November 27, 2005 11:06 pm
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1916-1918 cross with a cylindrical connection to the suspension ring (as opposed to spherical in the previous images):

(IMG:http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4479/6256762267f2an.jpg)
Source: Internet auction
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Carol I
Posted: February 25, 2006 02:07 am
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1916-1918 cross with a simple (ring) connection to the suspension ring:

(IMG:http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/8553/13586473ft.jpg)
Source: Internet auction
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Carol I
Posted: February 25, 2006 02:11 am
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1916-1918 cross with a cylindrical/ring (?) connection to the suspension ring, "rough" pattern on the arms and different font ("8" with non-equal loops):

(IMG:http://img56.imageshack.us/img56/4295/13756707fa.jpg)
Source: Internet auction
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Carol I
Posted: March 01, 2006 01:58 pm
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The '1916-1919' variant of the WWI Commemorative Cross*

(IMG:http://img416.imageshack.us/img416/2778/62573614123cd.jpg)
Source: Internet auction

*It was offered by the same seller who had the poor replicas posted by Dénes. Does this cast a shadow of doubt upon its authenticity?
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dragos03
Posted: April 23, 2006 03:35 pm
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Most of these crosses were apparently manufactured by Carniol.
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Carol I
Posted: April 23, 2006 10:05 pm
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QUOTE (dragos03 @ Apr 23 2006, 04:35 PM)
Most of these crosses were apparently manufactured by Carniol.

Then what could the reason be for all these variations? I thought they were caused by various dies used by different manufacturers.
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Posted: April 24, 2006 09:31 pm
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I guess there were other manufacturers, i just found a mention that Carniol made a large number.

I think there could also be differences between the crosses made by the same company. Since they made a lot of them in a short period, maybe they used more than one production line.
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Claudiu1988
Posted: July 13, 2006 08:00 am
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A ww1 commemorative cross 1916-1919

(IMG:http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/2880/9619ns.jpg)(IMG:http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/9546/1017fk.jpg)

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