The Sinking of the “Lusitania” (reverse), France, 1918. Designed by René Baudichon. Bronze. Yale University Art Gallery, Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Gift of Edward B. Greene, B.A. 1900

June 12, 2018

The Great War: 1914–1918

To mark the centennial of the end of the First World War, numismatic material from both sides of the conflict is now on view in the Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery. Five cases with themed displays address various aspects of the war; the vast majority of the objects are medals, which by the early 20th century had become an important medium of artistic expression for the masses. Only a fraction of the Gallery’s collection of the thousands of different types of medals produced by both sides is on view.