On the original version, a circular, copper medal, in lacquered bronze, with a size of 1.42 inches in diameter. For mounting purposes, there is a ring passing through a loop fixed to the top of the medal. The ring moves forwards and backwards but not sideways. The obverse shows the winged, full-length, full-front, figure of Victory, with her left arm extended and holding a palm branch in her right hand. The reverse shows the legend THE GREAT / WAR FOR / CIVILISATION / 1914 – 1919 in four lines, surrounded by a wreath, with dots below the words. The watered ribbon is 1.5 inches wide, and consists of nine coloured stripes: violet, blue, green, yellow, red yellow, green, blue, and violet.