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Gold Local WW I Service Medals

We are all know of the many locally issued WWI service medals most of which are bronze. A small number of them are silver and a very small percentage are in gold. Posthumous issues of the regular bronze and silver … Continue reading

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Perry’s Victory Centennial

The War of 1812 didn’t go too well for the U.S.A. Our capital city was captured and burned but we did survive to win the war as a nation. Perry’s defeat of the British naval forces on Lake Erie in … Continue reading

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Photographs

Most military medal collectors are also interested in military photos. Starting with the family albums and eventually those found in antique malls and flea markets most of the photos are of the snap shot type sent home to or taken … Continue reading

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Papers Please

Last weekend our cold snap broke, cabin fever set in and my wife wanted to go to the annual Wausau antique show. The fifty dealer show is a large show for this area and over the years I have found … Continue reading

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Fate and the Death Medal

As collectors we all make mistakes. We didn’t buy something that we should have or we sold something we shouldn’t have. Once in a while however no matter how hard we try not to, we have to do the right … Continue reading

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Home Front Women

I am sure most of us have heard of “Rosie the Riveter” but as medal collectors most of us, myself included, rarely think of the home front during a war and the huge role played by women in the labor … Continue reading

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Loops

Loops can tell you a lot about a medal even if all there is to look at is a very unclear picture on an internet auction site. Many more times than I can remember I have seen medals described as … Continue reading

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Long Service Awards

Long service medals and awards of a military nature are issued world wide. In the US military however there are no long service medals as such but several awards require specified periods of service to qualify for the award like … Continue reading

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The Tuerkheim Nonportable

To begin with the word nonportable as used by military medal collectors means not wearable rather than too large to carry, and nonportable medals are more often described as table medals. The village of Tuerkheim was in the German speaking … Continue reading

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Propaganda Medals

The First World War seems to have been fought with propaganda medals when considering the vast numbers that were issued during those four years. While sorting through a small hoard of medals two pieces caught my eye as prime examples … Continue reading

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