Medals

Military medals have always been part of the tradition of military service. Medals serve as a method of recognition and as a way to motivate soldiers. Since military medals have been issued for centuries they represent a huge opportunity for collectors of militaria.

These medals are fascinating for a variety of reasons. Antique medals were often the possessions of brave men and women who answered their nation's call to service. Over time medals changed, making certain medals rare and unique. As the world changed and nations dissolved or evolved, different medals were created and eliminated.


Quick Facts

  • The American Purple Heart is a medal to honor those wounded in combat and began as the Badge of Military Merit in the Revolutionary War
  • Medals are often more popular with collectors if the warrant for the medal is included as a means of proving provenance
  • A common misconception is that medals are always awarded for bravery. Often, medals are issued universally for serving in a campaign

Recommended Items at Auction

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France, Imperial, July Monarchy (1830-48), Legion of Honour, knight grade medal
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
France, Imperial, July Monarchy (1830-48), Legion of Honour, knight grade medal
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD200- AUD280
AUD60013 Bids
Assorted American military aviation wings and badges (47)
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Assorted American military aviation wings and badges (47)
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD180- AUD320
AUD80012 Bids
Assorted military aviation wings and badges, mainly American (40)
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Assorted military aviation wings and badges, mainly American (40)
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD160- AUD280
AUD70010 Bids
Soviet Union, Russia Order For Service To The Homeland In The Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd Class
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Soviet Union, Russia Order For Service To The Homeland In The Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd Class
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD160- AUD220
AUD2809 Bids
2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 1oz Gold Robbins Medal Restrike Gem Proof NGC
Oct 17, 10:00 AM CDT
2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 1oz Gold Robbins Medal Restrike Gem Proof NGC
by Leonard Auction
Est: $1,600- $1,800
$1,8008 Bids
WW2 Finland Continuation War medal group of 5 to the Finish Air Force
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
WW2 Finland Continuation War medal group of 5 to the Finish Air Force
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD450- AUD550
AUD5506 Bids
Cuba War and Other Misc. Vintage Pins
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Cuba War and Other Misc. Vintage Pins
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1254 Bids
Ireland, Republic, Long Service and UN Peace Keepers medal group of 4
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Ireland, Republic, Long Service and UN Peace Keepers medal group of 4
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD2204 Bids
France, Napoleon III era. St. Helena Medal
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
France, Napoleon III era. St. Helena Medal
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD120- AUD180
AUD1204 Bids
Order of Takovo, knight
Oct 25, 3:00 PM CEST
Order of Takovo, knight
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €500- €600
€2803 Bids
2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 1/2oz Gold Robbins Medal Restrike PF-70 Matte NGC
Oct 17, 10:00 AM CDT
2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 1/2oz Gold Robbins Medal Restrike PF-70 Matte NGC
by Leonard Auction
Est: $700- $900
$5503 Bids
Assorted American military aviation wings and qualification badges (27)
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Assorted American military aviation wings and qualification badges (27)
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD120- AUD190
AUD903 Bids
France, Republic, Legion of Honour Medal, 5th Republic in case of issue
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
France, Republic, Legion of Honour Medal, 5th Republic in case of issue
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD1403 Bids
(12) Early fireman convention badges
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
(12) Early fireman convention badges
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$502 Bids
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Konvolut Abzeichen,Medaillen und Anstecker
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Konvolut Abzeichen,Medaillen und Anstecker
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
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REGIMENTAL BADGES OF THE RHODESIAN ARMY CASE
Oct 17, 3:00 PM EDT
REGIMENTAL BADGES OF THE RHODESIAN ARMY CASE
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1002 Bids
Sterling Silver Military Item Lot: Pins, Medals
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Military Item Lot: Pins, Medals
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
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RHODESIAN SAS BELT BUCKLE - WINGS & INSIGNIA LOT
Oct 17, 3:00 PM EDT
RHODESIAN SAS BELT BUCKLE - WINGS & INSIGNIA LOT
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$1202 Bids
Russia, Imperial, 300 Years of Romanov Family medal
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Russia, Imperial, 300 Years of Romanov Family medal
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD120- AUD160
AUD902 Bids
San Marino, Republic, Order of St. Agatha, Grand Officer's set of medals insignia, by Cravanzola, Rome
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
San Marino, Republic, Order of St. Agatha, Grand Officer's set of medals insignia, by Cravanzola, Rome
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD5502 Bids
Aviation Medal
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Aviation Medal
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$502 Bids
Serbia, Kingdom, Order of St. Sava, type II, Commander’s neck Badge medal
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Serbia, Kingdom, Order of St. Sava, type II, Commander’s neck Badge medal
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD5502 Bids
Assorted Vietnamese badges, pins and certificate 1962 (17)
Oct 17, 9:00 AM AWST
Assorted Vietnamese badges, pins and certificate 1962 (17)
by JB Military Antiques
Est: AUD70- AUD80
AUD602 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Medals


Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

Centurion Auctions

Centurion Auctions

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

JB Military Antiques

JB Military Antiques