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Named WWI Navy Aviator Souvenir Medal "England" Clasp
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A very interesting example of a First World War souvenir medal which belonged to a U.S. Navy aviator named "V.E. Pearson". He was obviously serving in England during the war and was awarded the World War I Victory Medal with Navy rope border "England" clasp, marked "CM2" on the reverse. He removed the medal planchet and replaced it with a silver British half crown coin. The obverse of the coin was erased, and the obverse was then finely engraved with the World War I period Navy aviator wing and "V.E. Pearson USN Aviation Foreign Service". The coin is dark with uncleaned patina. The coin itself is 1 1/4 inches in diameter.