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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.


Falklands medals record broken twice in two months

08 October 2007

CHARTERHOUSE auctioneers in Sherborne, have broken the auction record for a Military Medal group only two months after the previous one was set.

Bonhams Shout: VC best smashed

07 August 2006

“WE will make a name for ourselves and Australia tomorrow.” This was how Captain Shout fired up his band of troops the night before the assault at Gallipoli in the First World War.

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Charlotte enjoys her own £50,000 victory after 220 years…

12 July 2005

Few will be unaware that 2005 is the bicentenary of Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar, given the number of celebrations and exhibitions commemorating the event.

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Unique medal surfaces with tale of courage

07 July 2005

IT was just three weeks into the First World War when British destroyers engaged the enemy off the Heligoland Bight near Denmark.

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Crown scores well in the provinces

28 April 2005

DREWEATT Neate’s sale on 23rd March at Donnington Priory offered a 100-lot section of coins, banknotes and medals which produced a 100 per cent take-up.

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Why the VC market is now more assured...

13 April 2005

THERE have already been two major sales at Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) (15% buyer’s premium) this year. The first concerned war medals and took place on March 2.

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Echoes of glory boom across the salerooms

24 March 2005

History is the new ‘cookery’ on TV, and the adventures of Rifleman Sharpe have brought the Peninsular War to more general notice, but that is hardly enough to explain why military medals, for all their echoes of glory, have become a real boom area in the antiques and collectables market.

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Nelson, the Crimea and The Few – a top treble

18 January 2005

IN late autumn there were three major sales of Orders, Decorations and Medals. Their combined total was £1,373,461 with 2592 lots offered. This compares with a total for 2004 of just over £6m and 6219 lots offered by the London auction houses. (The 2004 annual tabulation for numismatic sales will appear in a future ATG.)

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To my dear sweetheart, the best and latest killing machine…

18 January 2005

Wallis & Wallis, Lewes. November 23. Buyer’s premium: 15 per centSales of arms and militaria can, with their beautifully chased old flintlocks and exuberantly decorated uniforms, somehow skate over the fact that often what is on offer is, or was, associated with the darker side of humanity.

A wing and a prayer

27 May 2004

SALES of Victoria Cross groups continue to set new auction records.

Turnabout for Nelson and a Voltaire face…

30 June 2003

There has been considerable reportage on the subject of commemorative medals at auction recently, and the considerable museum participation in auction sales. So spare a thought for the dealer who issues fixed-price lists. Two fine English fixed-price catalogues have recently thudded through my letterbox.

‘Now, Maitland, now’s your time!’

23 May 2002

THE seven medals and insignia right are a stirring memento of one of the greatest moments in British military history. They are the service medals and awards, including the G.C.B and K.C.B of the Order of the Bath, Netherlandish Military Order of William and Russian Order of St Vladimir, presented to General Sir Peregrine Maitland.

Six medals have estimate of £50,000-70,000

23 May 2002

The defence and relief of Mafeking (1899) in the Boer War has a particular resonance in British history, and three Victoria Crosses were awarded for valour during the action. As a result, medals from this action generate more than usual interest.

Johnson medals set new world record

16 January 2002

A new world record was set at Spink’s sale of Medals, Orders and Decorations (ODM) on December 10. The group of medals won by Air Vice-Marshal (as he became) “Johnnie” Johnson were sold for £241,500 (including premium).