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Collection: Medals

A medal or medallion is a small portable artistic object, a thin disc, normally of metal, carrying a design, usually on both sides. They typically have a commemorative purpose of some kind, and many are given as awards. They may be intended to be worn, suspended from clothing or jewellery in some way. They may be struck like a coin by dies or die-cast in a mould.
A medal may be awarded to a person or organization as a form of recognition for sporting, military, scientific, cultural, academic, or various other achievements. Military awards and decorations are more precise terms for certain types of state decoration. Medals may also be created for sale to commemorate particular individuals or events or as works of artistic expression in their own right. In the past, medals commissioned for an individual, typically with their portrait, were often used as a form of a diplomatic or personal gift, with no sense of being an award for the conduct of the recipient.
An artist who creates medals or medallions is called a "medalist". Medals have long been popular collectable items, and in numismatics form, a class called either exonumia or militaria.
In the proper use of the term, medallions are larger, starting at perhaps four inches across, and are, as such, usually too large to be worn very comfortably, though in colloquial use, "medallion" is often used to refer to a medal used as the pendant of a necklace (as in the medallion man fashion style of the 1960s and 1970s), or for other types of medals. Medallions may also be called "table medals" because they are too large to be worn and can only be displayed on a wall, tabletop, desk, or cabinet.
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  • Enamel Medal *RAOB* GLE NATIONAL CONVALESCENT FUND great gift
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  • Vintage 1960 sterling silver medal London L Simpson PRIMO RAOB Wyvern
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  • Vintage 1975 solid silver gold plated medal RAOB Roll of Honor
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  • Vintage 1972 solid silver gold plated medal Birmingham PRIMO RAOB Wyvern lodge
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  • Vintage 1934 sterling silver enamel medal Redditch Junior Cup Compt boxed
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  • Vintage 1960s enamel solid silver order star 22 brilliant cut CZ class III RSR
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  • WWII Solid silver Medal for merit Boris III of Bulgaria original box ribbon
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  • Vintage 1959 solid silver Medal Justice Truth Philanthropy Eric Knight Lodge
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  • Antique 1938 solid silver Medal RAOB Justice Truth Philanthropy 2243
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  • Vintage 1960s enamel solid silver order star 22 brilliant cut CZ class III RSR
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