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Seven Things You Always Wanted To Know About Numismatists

Sarah Heath

Seven Things You Always Wanted To Know About Numismatists

Numismatics is the official term for the study of currency. That is, coins, medals, medallions, paper money, tokens and more. Many numismatists collect rare and interesting examples of coins or medals as a hobby or business. Here are seven things you never knew about numismatists and the studying and collecting of coins, medals, memorabilia and money.   Why is collecting coins known as numismatics? The use of the term ‘numismatist’ to refer to a coin collector name, or ‘old coin expert’ first appeared in the early Nineteenth Century. It comes from the late Latin word ‘numismatis’, which is a derivative...

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Who Was Roald Amundsen & Why Was He Such An Important Figure Polar Exploration?

Sarah Heath

Who Was Roald Amundsen & Why Was He Such An Important Figure Polar Exploration?

Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was born in 1872 near Oslo. He was a Norwegian explorer, famed for being the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. He beat British fellow explorer, Captain Robert Scott and his team, by 35 days. His team comprised five men, 52 dogs and four sleds. There was no modern-day technology or equipment to help them, making the achievement of exactly one hundred and ten years ago even more noteworthy. Read on to find out some more Roald Amundsen facts.   Pole position The expedition team took almost two months to reach the...

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1745 Carlisle recaptured: Jacobite Rebellion And The Medallion That Marked It

Sarah Heath

1745 Carlisle recaptured: Jacobite Rebellion And The Medallion That Marked It

The Jacobite Rebellion was a failed attempt that took place over a number of years to overthrow the British throne and restore power to the Stuart dynasty. The name came from supporters of ousted Stuart king, James II. By 1745 and the recapturing of Carlisle – a town in northern England – the Jacobite army was fighting to place James II’s grandson, Charles Edward Stuart, on the throne, which would restore the Stuart line, which had previously been replaced by the Hanoverians. Charles Edward Stuart became better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Discover the medallion: 1731 Prince Charles Medallion To begin...

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Ten types of medals and medallions that should be on your collector’s list

Sarah Heath

Ten types of medals and medallions that should be on your collector’s list

The studying and collecting of medals and medallions has been popular for a very long time. The sheer amount of heritage, patriotism, knowledge and achievement tied up in historical medals and medallions is both fascinating and vast. What are some of the main types of medals? From medals with royal connections to military honours; sports and education prizes to religious artefacts, there is something to intrigue and inform even the most seasoned of collectors. Here are five historic medal categories that are worth a closer look: Political and military medals Politicians have long had a significant impact on how historical...

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7 Things You Need To Know About The Collection Of Historical Medallions

Sarah Heath

7 Things You Need To Know About The Collection Of Historical Medallions

1- What’s the difference between a coin and a medallion? Numismatics tends to be thought of primarily as the study of coins, however an important branch of this hobby is a focus on medals or medallions. 2- What’s the difference between medals and medallions? Medals are often suspended from a ribbon and awarded to people for their services, such as war medals. Medallions tend to be larger and are often commemorative. That is, they commemorate an historical event or notable person. As they are often larger in size, they also tend to be more decorative and can show off the...

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