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Dunkirk medal: real or fake?

Article about: hello everybody, I have just bought this dunkirk medal. It seems these medals are being faked alot? Is this medal real or a fake? How do you notice the difference? Thank you.

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    Default Dunkirk medal: real or fake?

    hello everybody,

    I have just bought this dunkirk medal.
    It seems these medals are being faked alot?
    Is this medal real or a fake? How do you notice the difference?

    Thank you.
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    possibly a post war commemorative medal,,,

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    As Militarymania says, this is a 1960 commemorative medal, issued through the Dunkirk Veterans Association (now disbanded) and subsequently managed by the French National Association of Veterans of the Fortified Sector of Flanders and of Dunkirk (approx translation).

    I seem to recall that the City of Dunkerque was involved in the decision to issue the medal.

    I don't know how many were issued or with what controls.

    Your medal looks okay to me. I never heard of any faking, but if the original dies are still around, who knows?

    British Dunkirk veterans would have qualified for (at least)the 1939-45 Star and 1939-45 War Medal.

    It lists for 60-70 quid.

    Hope this helps.

    Pat

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    I have found another picture of a dunkirk medal on the net.
    On the front of the medal is an inscription: ECOLE DES METIERS D’ART – PARIS’
    The medal I have bought does not have this inscription. Does it mean now that my medal is a fake?
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    the Paris example was the initial official French issue which was accompanied with a certificate. several later versions have been manufactured to cater for the veteran market, together with a diminishing quality.

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    I thought the original issued through the town of Dunkirk medals had the certificate number stamped on the medal. I believe the Dunkirks Veterans Association was instrumental in sorting it out. With the ww2 medals being un named and the records still not in the public domain then adding a Dunkirk medal, even a reproduction, to a group raises its value compared to the run of the mill set.

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