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Table vs. Non-portable Medals

Table vs. Non-portable Medals Table medal is an old numismatic term used to describe a commemorative medal that is not an award and is not meant to be worn. A medal that is an award but not meant to be … Continue reading

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Collecting by Initials

There are times that coin collecting, when compared military medal collecting looks down right easy. Most coins carry all the information one needs to catalog them. The what, where and when questions are all answered by the information spelled out … Continue reading

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Collecting by Initials

There are times that coin collecting, when compared military medal collecting looks down right easy. Most coins carry all the information one needs to catalog them. The what, where and when questions are all answered by the information spelled out … Continue reading

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Civil Defense Badges

Civil Defense really got it’s start during WWII with the system of local air raid wardens. As the nuclear age began American cities realized that they were not safe from attack in time of war. Evacuation and public shelter plans … Continue reading

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Army and Navy Union

My wife recently found this photo in an antique mall! It is of a veteran wearing the generic uniform of the 1930’s which nearly all veterans seem to wear in the photos I have seen. Each has a Sam Brown … Continue reading

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The Order of Lincoln

A few months ago I presented an example of an Order of Lincoln Regents Breast Badge. Since then I saw an example of the Order’s Laureate Neck badge and Lapel Ribbon in the latest FJP Auction which made me wonder … Continue reading

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WWI German Wound Badges

I just got back from a vacation road trip which included stops at a few antique malls. In one of the malls there was a black WWI German army wound badge. The black finish had been worn off of the … Continue reading

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Collecting Economics

In today’s tough economy every collector has to deal with the economic facts of life whether they realize it or not. First all of us should keep records of what we pay for our collectibles. I am a compulsive record … Continue reading

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European Royalty

Back in the days before the First World War most of Europe was ruled by Crowned Royalty. The various royal families were so intermarried that their family trees looked more like the rhizome root systems of a bamboo forest. At … Continue reading

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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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