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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

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Sellers Who Sell Medals


Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

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John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

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Hutchinson Scott Limited

Woodlands Auctions

Woodlands Auctions