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Medals & Medallions

Numismatics is known primarily as the study and collecting of coins, but it also includes several subsets including medals and medallions. Medals have a very long and storied history dating back to at least the Roman Empire, where medals were die cast to commemorate noteworthy political and military events. In the Middle Ages, the awarding of medals shifted to become a means of awarding to develop favor and support. The Renaissance saw medals return to a military emphasis. At this time, medals also became a fashion statement with the minting of costume medals.

As with many branches of coin collecting, medals are steeped in history. Some military service medals, such as those from World War I, feature the name of the awardee, his service number, rank, and regiment. This information can then be researched, offering an exciting window into the past.

Not all medals are military memorabilia, of course. Perhaps the most famous medal of all is the Olympic medal, which is awarded to placing competitors at the Olympic Games. Some medals have been issued for diplomatic purposes, such as the Native American peace medals. These peace medals were originally constructed of two separate silver sides and then held together with a ring of metal that enclosed the edge.


Quick Facts

  • An Olympic medal from 1904 was auctioned off in 2013. The medal achieved a record $31,300 sale price
  • Not all medals are issued by governments, nations, or for sporting events. Many smaller organizations, such as the American Numismatic Society, also produce their own medals for noteworthy accomplishments or services rendered outside the normal call of duty
  • Early medals and ancient coins are sometimes confused with one another, as some ancient coins have historically been set in jewelry and worn

Recommended Items at Auction

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1864 INTER-AMERICAN CONGRESS CONVOCATION MEDAL, FOR THE CONGRESS OF SOUTH AMERICAN REPUBLICS IN LIMA
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
1864 INTER-AMERICAN CONGRESS CONVOCATION MEDAL, FOR THE CONGRESS OF SOUTH AMERICAN REPUBLICS IN LIMA
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €4,000- €8,000
€1202 Bids
AOSTA. Medaglia 1980 La Fortuna di Saint Vincent. AE argentato (228 g - 79,6 mm) Opus Minguzzi.
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
AOSTA. Medaglia 1980 La Fortuna di Saint Vincent. AE argentato (228 g - 79,6 mm) Opus Minguzzi.
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€52 Bids
1 OUNCE (PURE SILVER/.999) MEDALLION (BUFFALO/BU)
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
1 OUNCE (PURE SILVER/.999) MEDALLION (BUFFALO/BU)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$22 Bids
1 OUNCE (PURE SILVER/.999) MEDALLION (OLD PROSPECTOR/BU)
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
1 OUNCE (PURE SILVER/.999) MEDALLION (OLD PROSPECTOR/BU)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$142 Bids
1 OUNCE (.999 PURE SILVER) MEDALLION (USS CONSTITUTION/BU)
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
1 OUNCE (.999 PURE SILVER) MEDALLION (USS CONSTITUTION/BU)
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$142 Bids
2016 1oz .999 Silver British Medallion Year of the Monkey
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
2016 1oz .999 Silver British Medallion Year of the Monkey
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$142 Bids
Collection of Medallic Art Co, Whitehead HOAG and Other Medallions
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Medallic Art Co, Whitehead HOAG and Other Medallions
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$252 Bids
(2) TREASURY BUREAU of the MINT MEDALLIONS
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) TREASURY BUREAU of the MINT MEDALLIONS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
(25) TOKENS, MEDALLIONS, COINS & COMMEMS
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
(25) TOKENS, MEDALLIONS, COINS & COMMEMS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
2008 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
2008 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
2010 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set OGP
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
2010 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set OGP
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Jane Taylor Mother Medal by Whitehead & Hoag Grades GEM+ Unc
Oct 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Jane Taylor Mother Medal by Whitehead & Hoag Grades GEM+ Unc
by Key Date Coins
Est: $25- $100
$51 Bid
PANDA-MOON FESTIVAL MEDAL 2015
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
PANDA-MOON FESTIVAL MEDAL 2015
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $2,700- $3,000
$101 Bid
Antique Silk & 10K Sterling Silver 925 Award Medal
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Silk & 10K Sterling Silver 925 Award Medal
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
FRANCISCO FRANCO AND JUAN CARLOS, GOLD MEDAL, 28.7.69
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
FRANCISCO FRANCO AND JUAN CARLOS, GOLD MEDAL, 28.7.69
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €150- €300
€101 Bid
1969 ISRAEL STATE MEDAL
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
1969 ISRAEL STATE MEDAL
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
1792-2017 Half Disme 1 oz. Silver Medal NGC PF70 W/Edmund C. Moy Signature
Oct 02, 7:00 AM PDT
1792-2017 Half Disme 1 oz. Silver Medal NGC PF70 W/Edmund C. Moy Signature
by BK Auctions
Est: $275- $325
$11 Bid
2010 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set OGP
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
2010 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series - 4 Medal Set OGP
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Together For Peace Foundation - Honors
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Together For Peace Foundation - Honors
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€151 Bid
NAPOLEON I, EMPEROR (1804-1815) MEDAL IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY, 1808
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
NAPOLEON I, EMPEROR (1804-1815) MEDAL IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY, 1808
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€101 Bid
MIXED MEDAL AND RIBBON LOT VINTAGE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED MEDAL AND RIBBON LOT VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Together For Peace Foundation - Honors
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Together For Peace Foundation - Honors
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Medals & Medallions


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Artcurial

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Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer