World War I Victory Medal

The CFA oversaw the design of the 1919 American World War I Victory Medal, designed by CFA member James Earle Fraser. The obverse features Winged Victory wielding a sword and shield; the reverse depicts the ancient Roman symbol of authority, the fasces, overlaid on an American heraldic shield with adjacent inscriptions citing the allied countries. The CFA’s role in the review of medals was formalized in 1921 by executive order.

(Image credit: Orders and Medals Society of America)