Antique Americana Medals
US Mint Naval Medals
Revolutionary War, Barbary War, War of 1812
Paris Mint and US Mint medals of the late 18th and 19th centuries commemorat edvictorious commanders in the Revolution, Barbary War, War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War. While struck in gold and silver, most are copper with a special bronze patina from the US Mint, Philadelphia or the Paris Mint . They were struck in small numbers (1 for gold, a few in silver and scores to hundreds in bronzed copper). As such these are rare. Recognized as Emblems of Honor, they are fine examples of the medallic art and are usually in fine condition as they have been collector's items from the beginning.
If you do not see what you want in our current holdings, send us your wish list and I will contact you if and when we receive what you are looking for.
For a full discussion see Roderic H. Blackburn: "Emblems of Honor, Congressional medals of war and peace" The Magazine Antiques. Vol CLXII, No.1 July 2002, p.82-89. Ask us for an emailed copy.
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for detailed photos of any medals you are interested in, cite inventory
Note: the bronze patina varies considerably and that was the case when they were patinized. Some are almost orange and bright, others are "chocolate" dark brown, others are "mahogany" red brown, and still others are close to tan, lighter or darker. Most are 57-64mmm or larger than 2" diameter. Condition varies both for the medal surface and for the patina.
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