This medal is 36mm, 29.4g and struck in silver. The rim reads "8871 A-C PL. S, LAW. R. I R.R.I.F." I believe R. IR.RIF stands for Royal Irish Rifles. Although I could find nowhere that mentioned the silver content, I believe the coin is probably .925.
Originally this medal was supposed to have been issued with campaign clasps but this idea was rejected as being too expensive. Some clasps were issued for naval actions but it is believed that they were never produced for the full size medal. This is a large medal. It measures 1-3/8" in diameter
The reverse shows St. George, naked, on horseback armed with a short sword (an allegory of the physical and mental strength which achieves victory over Prussianism). The horse is tramplling on the Prussian shield and the skull and cross-bones. Near the right upper rim, is the sun of Victory. The dates 1914 and 1918 appear in the left and right sides.
The obverse shows King George V, with the legend: GEORGIVS V BRITT : OMN : REX ET IND : IMP : (George 5th, King of all the Britains, and, Emperor of India)
I much wanted to polish this up but resisted the tempation. You will receive it exactly as you see it in the pictures.
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