British Military Medals From Mudie To Modern-Day MemorabiliaDISCOVER
A quick introduction about Historical Medallions
Welcome to my new website showcasing historical medallions from the last four centuries. You may be familiar with my late Aunt, Mrs Neddy Allen who was a numismatist for over 40 years, and had a special interest in medallions related to the City of London. She learnt about the medal business from her late husband, Peter Maundy Allen, and continued to trade well into her 80's. Over the last 15 years, she gradually passed on her knowledge to me and it was the stories behind each of the medallions that I found fascinating. These historical events shaped our country and many have significance still to this day. Whether it be a gift for someone interested in a special event or something that adds to your collection, owning a medallion is to have a true piece of history to treasure.
Royal marriages were most often political contracts between countries rather than any kind of love match. In fact, a successful royal marriage that produced several children and heirs was quite an achievement as many of these lifelong agreements gave minimal importance to similarities such as age, interests or even religion.
This group of medals spans Royal marriages from the 17th century through to one of the most successful unions between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who married in 1840. They had 9 children together and when Albert died at the age of only 42 in 1861, Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning and wore black for the rest of her life.
Trends in the market can impact value as certain subject matter becomes topical or sought after for whatever reason, however, the value of a medal is largely dependent on two factors, it’s rarity and it’s condition.
Often the number struck of a particular medal is advertised, and certainly, in the late 19th century very large numbers of commemorative medals were produced for events such as the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria where over 7000 of the official medallion were struck.
However, some medals have only a small issue, and also older medals become rarer as versions are either lost or melted down. The list above is a selection of medals that have been labelled as rare by well-known reference books such as Medallic Illustrations (Spink & Son Ltd) and British Historical Medals by Brown.
Finest Medals & Medallions with Unique Collections
Historical Medallions is dedicated to Numismatics, the study and collection of rare commemorative British historical medallions. We'll help you find medals that celebrate royal, political and military events through the 17th, 18th and 19th century. At Historical Medallions we aim to stock only the finest pieces so that your purchase, with proper care, can appreciate over time and be a valued part of your collection. Have some fun browsing through the various collections, any purchases made in the UK will be sent with complimentary postage.