Author Archives: Fred Borgmann

Aluminum Medals

Aluminum wasn’t always the most common metal around. Back in the early 1800’s when the process was first discovered that enabled the manufacture of aluminum in metal form aluminum was considered to be very rare and valuable. It was a … Continue reading

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The New Russian Old Style

Even though the old Soviet Union has long passed from the scene there is a consistency of style in the new versions of their military medals that could make the old time Soviet collectors feel right at home. The hammer … Continue reading

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The Maginot and Siegfried Lines

Throughout history strong fortifications were only successful as a short term tactic. They work well if the intent is to delay an enemy long enough for the defender’s allies to come to their aid. If used as a long term … Continue reading

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Wuerttemberg’s Battle Credit Medals

Since the Second World War the United States has been adding battle or campaign stars to the ribbons of campaign medals. Each small bronze star represents participation one battle or campaign and the small silver version equals five of the … Continue reading

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Wuerttemberg Battle Credit Medals

Wuerttemberg Battle Credit Medals Since the Second World War the United States has been adding battle or campaign stars to the ribbons of campaign medals. Each small bronze star represents participation one battle or campaign and the small silver version … Continue reading

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Albany, NY Spanish-Amer. War Medal

On the OMSA forum a question was asked about what kind of ribbon the Albany, NY Span.-Am. Medal was issued on. In doing the research on this medal I found some similarities between medals and coins that some may find … Continue reading

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Catholic Order of Foresters

As collectors we run across the medals and badges of fraternal societies frequently. Rarely encountered, in my experience, are the medals of the Catholic Order Of Foresters. The C.O. F.. is a mutual benefit life insurance society established in Chicago … Continue reading

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Catholic Order Of Foresters

As collectors we run across the medals and badges of fraternal societies frequently. Rarely encountered, in my experience, are the medals of the Catholic Order Of Foresters. The C.O. F.. is a mutual benefit life insurance society established in Chicago … Continue reading

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Vacation Finds

  My wife and I just got back from five days of bumming around the western half of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was a pleasant trip including a tour of an abandoned copper mine which was very cold and dark … Continue reading

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Wuerttemberg Flag Medal

Up until WWII, parade flags were an important part of German and European pageantry. These flags were state of the art craftsmanship usually made of two pieces of silk heavily embroidered with bullion thread and in full color featuring coats … Continue reading

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