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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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Red Cross Decoration, Part II

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Red Cross Decoration (Ehrenzeichen vom Roten Kreuz), first class in some detail. Readers may wish to review the previous blog I have published on the Red Cross Merit Star prior to reading this one. The previous blog

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A Bavarian Bravery Medal Mystery

This grouping was previously offered by a Munich auction house in 2002. The items in the group consist of the Orden der Bayerischen Tapferkeitsmedaille identification card and medals of Adolf Fichtner. Adolf Fichtner was awarded the Silver Bavarian Bravery Medal for action at Verdun on March 29,

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The Ashantee medal to the RN and RM

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Ashantee medal with Coomassie clasp. The intent was to introduce a roll compiled by Captain Douglas- Morris and reproduced on the OMSA website. Since I have an interest in medal provenance I began collecting information on all the medals

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Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands

Introduction: In 1790 Emperor Leopold II established the Emperor Leopold II Silver Military Merit Medal for the Netherlands (Silberne Militarvberdienstmedaille Kaiser Leopolds II fur die Niederlande) as a reward for acts of outstanding bravery during the uprisings in the Netherlands in 1790. The award of this medal

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Just a British War Medal

For those of us who collect medals, not just for the medal, but also for “the man behind the medal,” single medals or broken groups are a great source of enjoyment due to the pleasant hours of research that they can provide. One such medal is a

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The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 2

In my previous blog entitled “The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 1”, I discussed the establishment of the newly created three classes of the Order of the Bath and expanded on aspects of the First Class or Knights Grand Cross (G.C.B.). This

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Red Cross Decoration, Part I: The Red Cross Merit Star

Date Issued:  The Red Cross Decoration (Ehrenzeichen vom Roten Kreuz) was authorized on August 22, 1914 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1864 ratification of the Geneva Convention and was issued until 1923. Reason Issued:  This decoration was issued for meritorious service in support

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Territorial Force War Medal to Royal Artillery Officers

Figure 1: Obverse (left) and reverse of the Territorial Force War Medal.  Medal collectors generally are quite aware of numbers – especially when those numbers indicate the number of medals awarded for a specific campaign or the number of clasps awarded to a specific regiment for a

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