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Campaign medals were awarded to cover specified conflicts, while gallantry medals recognise personal accomplishments by members of the armed forces or acts of civilian bravery.

Collecting areas range widely in this field, from regiments and types of medals to those awarded by certain countries or for special forces. Many campaign medal groups will also include gallantry awards too, and the latter involve remarkable stories of heroism.


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Strong demand for Boer War medal honouring bravery regardless of race

22 July 2019

A medal, silver cigar box and ‘oil lamp’ lighter sold at Ramsay Cornish's latest sale in Edinburgh had come by descent from Major Jonathan Leslie Dean (1859-1926). He was a key participant in the defence of O’okiep (1902), the small town in the Northern Cape that was besieged by Boer Commandos from April 4-May 4, 1902, towards the end of the Second Boer War.

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Medal awarded to British soldier killed on the D-Day beaches sells at auction

11 June 2019

In the week marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings a poignant medal was sold at auction which had been awarded to a British soldier killed in the invasion.

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British Waterloo Medal offered at New York sale

10 June 2019

Included in Weiss Auctions’ sale in Lynbrook, New York, on June 26 is this British Waterloo Medal for Henry Gronemann, who was in the 5th Line Battalion of the King’s German Legion.

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Obituary: John Hayward (1938-2019)

27 May 2019

The death of John Hayward on May 12 has robbed the world of medals and medal collecting of its most colourful personality.

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Antiques Roadshow values Dam Busters blueprints – six items relating to the famous raid sold at auction

19 May 2019

Among the items that viewers of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will see valued on this weekend’s programme are the original blueprints for the bouncing bomb depicted in the film ‘The Dam Busters’.

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Pick of the week: Suffragette bravery medal heading to Australian museum is latest in a string of impressive auction results

01 April 2019

A hunger strike ‘Fed By Force’ medal awarded to Suffragette Selina Martin (1882-1972) has been snapped up at auction by an Australian museum.

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At face value: coins and medals sales recover after 2017 dip

18 February 2019

It is a quarter of a century since ATG’s first overview of London’s numismatic auction market. Here we review the heads and the tails of 2018.

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Appeal to antiques trade to help find stolen medals awarded to nurse who served in Africa

05 January 2019

The owner of a group of medals stolen from a car in south London is calling on the trade to help her locate them.

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ATG letter: Does anyone recognise this medal?

03 December 2018

MADAM – Here is a medal whose origin I can’t figure out (above). It was found in northern Norway.

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Titanic rescue medal makes £45,000 at Bourne End auction – VIDEO

01 August 2018

A prolonged bidding battle emerged today in Buckinghamshire as the gold medal awarded to the bursar on board the RMS Carpathia, the ship that famously rescued survivors from the Titanic in 1912, sold at £45,000.

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Medal fair free to exhibit under new owner

16 July 2018

London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb has bought the 'Britannia Medal Fair' “to ensure that it can remain at the Victory Services Club”, the central London venue where it has attracted dealers and collectors for more than 30 years.

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Previews £30,000 plus

02 July 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Medals of the queen's private secretary who helped to bring in royal walkabouts come up at auction

05 June 2018

The arrival of Meghan Markle into the royal family has highlighted the pressure on the monarchy to meet modern expectations, but it is not a new phenomenon. A medal group coming up at a London auction house Morton & Eden (M&E) on June 28 underlines the role of a man who once reportedly told the queen that: “Your job is to spread a carpet of happiness.”

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Pageantry to the fore as collection of King George III’s grandson emerges on the market

31 May 2018

The honours of the previous Duke of Cambridge before Prince William will be offered at auction in London in a sale held in conjunction between Sotheby’s and medals specialist Morton & Eden.

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“So thoroughly earned”: Letter of condolence accompanies First World War Military Cross medal at Plymouth auction

25 May 2018

An eyewitness account of an officer’s bravery accompanies the sale of a First World War Military Cross at Eldreds Auctioneers next month.

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Honours from the other Duke of Cambridge

14 May 2018

The honours of the last Duke of Cambridge (before Prince William) will be in the spotlight at a London auction this summer.

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New Spink medals head praises reinforcements

14 May 2018

“Full steam ahead” is the battle cry of Marcus Budgen, the soon-to-be head of the medals department at Spink. He is due to replace David Erskine-Hill who is leaving that role following an ‘offer he can’t refuse’ – to be the curator of the best collection of Victoria Crosses in the world.

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Budgen to head medals department at Spink

07 May 2018

Marcus Budgen is to head the Spink medals department after the departure of David Erskine-Hill.

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Ottawa museum buys Canadian VC group

07 May 2018

One of the finest Victoria Cross medals awarded to a Canadian recipient will be staying in Canada thanks to a successf ul fundraising campaign.

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Lord Ashcroft buys Sidney Day Victoria Cross medal group at Dix Noonan Webb auction

08 March 2018

While the record-breaking Victoria Cross medal sold in November last year may have eluded him, Lord Ashcroft is far from inactive when it comes to buying more of these honours for his medals gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London.