SOUTH VIETNAM Gallantry Cross


VIETNAM, SOUTH, Gallantry Cross, no date (1950-74), Obverse: ribbon on map, QUOC GIA LAO TUONG, on ornate cross, Reverse: ornate decorations, engraved name in center, with palm, bronze, 38mm, cited at the armed services level, inscribed: R.D. COLIN, XF

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Many of the South Vietnamese medals were issued over a period of about twenty years. Around 1970 production was shifted to private companies in the USA. This is one of those later issues.

After World War II Ho Chi Minh declared independence. War ensued. The French set up a rival puppet government in the south. There When the French got in trouble and the rest of the world declined requests for help they left. An election in the south was followed by the deposition of the Emperor in a coup. Things went from bad to worse for two decades before the end of what we now call the Vietnam War.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.