Here we have a nice 1908 French Moroccan Commemorative medal with bar, “MAROC” that is in good condition. The medal is constructed of silver and measures 30mm in diameter. The front features a profile of the “warrior republic” in the form of a helmeted woman’s bust. The helmet she wears is adorned by a crown of oak leaves. On either side is the inscription “RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE”. The reverse represents both the army and naval forces. It bears the relief images of an artillery piece crossed with a naval anchor below two military banners and lances surmounted by the inscription “MAROC”. The banners bear the inscriptions “HONNEUR ET PATRIE”. The campaign names of “CASABLANCA”, “HAUT-GUIR”, and “OUDJDA” are listed below this. In the background are sand dunes, the wall of a Kasbah and palm trees. The green and white ribbon remains solid and with good color retaining the original dual stickpin assembly.
The medal was designed by George Lemaire and bears his name on the obverse. It was instituted in 1909 and awarded to military and civilian personnel who participated in the Second French-Moroccan War from 1907 to 1909.