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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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LARGE SULTAN`S MEDAL FOR EGYPT, 1801, IN GOLD (VAK`A-I MISRIYE MADALYASI)
Oct 16, 9:30 AM CEST
LARGE SULTAN`S MEDAL FOR EGYPT, 1801, IN GOLD (VAK`A-I MISRIYE MADALYASI)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €5,000- €10,000
€1,1009 Bids
German Sturmbaoh 106 Badge marked RZM 10/10
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Sturmbaoh 106 Badge marked RZM 10/10
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1755 Bids
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €200- €400
€1605 Bids
Russian Soviet Ring CCCP and Medal
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Russian Soviet Ring CCCP and Medal
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$404 Bids
German Badge/Pin with RZM 10/10 markings
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Badge/Pin with RZM 10/10 markings
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$404 Bids
ORDER OF LEOPOLD
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
ORDER OF LEOPOLD
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€2004 Bids
(14) US Medals, including Purple Heart
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
(14) US Medals, including Purple Heart
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$504 Bids
German Badge with RZM 0/0 markings
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Badge with RZM 0/0 markings
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM AND ROYAL ORDER OF CAMBODIA
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM AND ROYAL ORDER OF CAMBODIA
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €250- €500
€1003 Bids
Wilhelm I. Kaiser 1897 German Medal
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Wilhelm I. Kaiser 1897 German Medal
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$202 Bids
German Badge with unknown markings
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
German Badge with unknown markings
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
(8) US Medals, including Purple Heart
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
(8) US Medals, including Purple Heart
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
A RARE RUSSIAN GOLD MEDAL AWARDED BY EMPEROR NICHOLAS II FOR ZEAL, ENGRAVED BY VASYUTINSKY 1894
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
A RARE RUSSIAN GOLD MEDAL AWARDED BY EMPEROR NICHOLAS II FOR ZEAL, ENGRAVED BY VASYUTINSKY 1894
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,1002 Bids
Extremely Rare Imperial Russian Gold Medal For Efforts In Gardening
Oct 01, 10:00 AM CDT
Extremely Rare Imperial Russian Gold Medal For Efforts In Gardening
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $5,000- $15,000
$3,1002 Bids
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM AND ROYAL ORDER OF CAMBODIA
Oct 15, 9:30 AM CEST
ORDER OF THE DRAGON OF ANNAM AND ROYAL ORDER OF CAMBODIA
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €500- €1,000
€602 Bids
THE GLORIOUS ORDER (NISÃSSAÃÇN-Ƒ± ZIÃÇ-SÃSSAÃÇN)
Oct 16, 9:30 AM CEST
THE GLORIOUS ORDER (NISÃSSAÃÇN-Ƒ± ZIÃÇ-SÃSSAÃÇN)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €20,000- €40,000
€102 Bids
MINIATURE BAR OF 3 INCLUDING THE GLORIOUS ORDER (NISÃSSAÃÇN-Ƒ± ZIÃÇ-SÃSSAÃÇN)
Oct 16, 9:30 AM CEST
MINIATURE BAR OF 3 INCLUDING THE GLORIOUS ORDER (NISÃSSAÃÇN-Ƒ± ZIÃÇ-SÃSSAÃÇN)
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €2,500- €5,000
€102 Bids
Group of Medals Badges Pins
Sep 30, 3:00 PM EDT
Group of Medals Badges Pins
by Plain City Auction
Est: $10- $200
$132 Bids
Turkey (Ottoman Empire). Medal of Glory. Medal of Glory (Iftihar Madalyasi) “Danube Medal”, 1853
Oct 19, 6:00 PM CEST
Turkey (Ottoman Empire). Medal of Glory. Medal of Glory (Iftihar Madalyasi) “Danube Medal”, 1853
by Kabinett Auktionshaus & Antiquitäten GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1202 Bids
1942 Demjansk Campaign Shield Badge
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
1942 Demjansk Campaign Shield Badge
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Lot of US Medal, Pins, Patches
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Lot of US Medal, Pins, Patches
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
1941-42 Eastern Medal, Winter Battle in East
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
1941-42 Eastern Medal, Winter Battle in East
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
(8) US Medals
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
(8) US Medals
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
(7) US Medals
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
(7) US Medals
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Medals


Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb)

Noonans (formerly Dix Noonan Webb)

La Galerie Numismatique

La Galerie Numismatique

Kabinett Auktionshaus & Antiquitäten GmbH

Kabinett Auktionshaus & Antiquitäten GmbH