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Turkish Half Moon - 'Gallipoli Star'


Turkish Half Moon "Gallipoli Star" (Eiserner Halbmond/Gallipoli Stern). The award was known as the Ottoman War Medal (Turkish: Harp Madalyası) or the Iron Crescent (Eiserner Halbmond). It was instituted by the Sultan Mehmed Reshad V on 1 March 1915 for gallantry in battle. This decoration was awarded for the duration of World War I. It features a five-pointed red enamelled star with a raised crescent design, inside the crescent is the tughra (cipher of the Sultan). The star is not visible maker marked. The star is in good condition with minor scratches and traces of usage to the enamel, see photos. The details and patina are beautiful. Nice original piece!

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