Alabama Phenix City Civil Disturbance Medal

Phenix City, Alabama, had always been a frontier sort of town. Just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and Fort Benning, it had been the home of bars, gambling dens and brothels until one night in 1954. That night brought out the National Guard to clear

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Impressed Baltic Medals

The Baltic theatre of the Crimean War took place in the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg, the Russian capital. The medal was awarded for services in the Baltic under Admiral Napier and Rear Admiral Dundas. The reverse of the medal is particularly attractive in my opinion

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The Neerwinden Medal

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Nerwinden Medal (Neerwinden Medaille). This medal was issued during the reign of Franz II as a reward for officers under the command of Field Marshall and Prince Friedrich Josaias of Sax-Coberg who defeated the French under the

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Prussian General-Major Heinrich Simon Eduard von Valentini

Heinrich Simon Eduard von Valenti was born on October 4, 1818 at Eulenberg bei Neu-Stettin.  On August 18, 1836 he was commissioned as a Seconde-Lieutenant in the 14th Infantry Regiment.       On July 18, 1851 he was promoted to Premier-Lieutenant, on February 5, 1855 he was

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NGS 1793-1840: The Boat Service Actions

  I’ve previously written about aspects of the Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 in this blog series (click to follow link). In this blog, I will focus on a special category of clasp for the medal, those awarded for Boat Service actions. Students of the NGS medal will know

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QSA with Elandslaagte clasp

The battle of Elandslaagte took place on October 21, 1899 during the first two weeks of the war and before Ladysmith had been invested by the Boer Forces. Elandslaagte is a small village on the railway line between Ladysmith and Dundee in Natal and at the outbreak

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Red Cross Decoration, Part III

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Red Cross Decoration (Ehrenzeichen vom Roten Kreuz), officer cross with war decoration in some detail. Readers may wish to review the previous blogs I have published on the Red Cross Merit Star and Red Cross Decoration first

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Craftsmanship – Detailing Red Eagle Orders

Oak Leaf

One who collects order decorations and medals needs to understand and be knowledgeable about the mechanics behind crafting those precious items we all seek. One of the steps in crafting order decorations is the finishing of attributes like golden swords or oak leafs. Take the Prussian Red Eagle Order

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Two men, same name, couldn’t be more different

Many collectors avoid medals to men named to Smith, Williams, Jones or other common surnames. The rationale being that it’s much easier to research medals to men with unusual names. I found myself being delighted recently when I discovered an unusual middle name  existed for William A.

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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Netherlands Provence (Erinnerungmedaille für Freiwilligeaus der Niederländisch Provinz). This decoration was issued during the reign of Franz II to reward for Dutch citizens who volunteered to serve in the allied forces

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