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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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The key to value when it comes to selling Waterloo Medals

30 January 2023

With 39,000 of these campaign honours given out, which ones can generate extra demand and achieve higher prices?

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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Titanic survivor was luckier serving on land in wartime

30 January 2023

The personal stories behind medals are becoming increasingly relevant to collectors.

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Rare gold medal awarded to one of Nelson's Band of Brothers takes six-figure sum at auction

30 January 2023

Vice Admiral Davidge Gould was the last surviving member of Nelson’s Band of Brothers, dying in 1847

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Top stories this week – including news of an export block placed on a record breaking RAF Victoria Cross medal

13 November 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an export block issued on a Victoria Cross medal in the hope a UK buyer will emerge.

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UK buyer sought for record breaking RAF Victoria Cross medal

01 November 2022

An export block has been issued on a Victoria Cross medal in the hope a UK buyer will emerge.

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Falklands appeal fuels £82,000 bid

31 October 2022

Relatively few gallantry medals available for what was short self-contained conflict, heroic stories involving highly collectable regiments, a relatively morally unambiguous backstory (for British collectors at least)… the Falklands War can generate high demand at auction.

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Born in Brecon, Aussie grit

31 October 2022

Lt William Emlyn Hardwick (1885-1918) was born in Brecon but by the time he enlisted to fight in the First World War he was living in Australia.

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Medals and militaria: The Grimsby exiles

31 October 2022

Despite their sterling service with the Allies, a large number of Polish soldiers could not return home when the fighting ended, as a fascinating archive reveals.

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RAF: elite Path Finders lead a look at the market

31 October 2022

Air Commander J Searby had a key role to play in the Peenemunde Raid targeting the V weapons factory during the night of the August 17-18, 1943, as part of the RAF’s elite Path Finder Force.

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Korean Military Medal won alongside a VC hero

31 October 2022

When Bill Speakman won his Victoria Cross on November 4, 1951, fighting beside him was Corporal John Pender.

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Family naval group includes £28,000 medal

31 October 2022

A group of father-and-son lots related to the Royal Navy may have been small in size but revealed a combined service in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars that was lengthy.

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War dog Rob's 'animal VC' Dickin Medal sells for record £140,000 in London auction

13 October 2022

A ‘Victoria Cross’ for animals awarded to Rob, a black-and-white collie-retriever who served with paratroops and the SAS, has sold for a world record £140,000 at auction.

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Previews: issue 2562

03 October 2022

A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK.

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Pick of the week: Kavanagh VC takes auction record sum

26 September 2022

The first civilian Victoria Cross of just five to be awarded has sold for an auction record hammer price of £750,000 at London saleroom Noonans.

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First Victoria Cross awarded to a civilian comes up at auction

29 August 2022

The first Victoria Cross awarded to a civilian is coming up for auction at Noonans on September 14.

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Internet research now a huge influence on a buoyant medals market, says Spink's department head

15 August 2022

To get an idea of the healthy nature of the medals market at the moment, consider the Victoria Cross sold at Spink (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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Life lost when saving others

15 August 2022

Unique medal combinations will always catch a collector’s eye, particularly when accompanied by a highly emotive backstory.

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Auction lot reveals the remarkable Rake’s progress

15 August 2022

The autobiography title Rake’s Progress: The Gay and Dramatic – Adventures of Major Denis Rake MC, the Reluctant British War-Time Agent perfectly sums up the story behind a group of medals on offer in East Sussex.