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This silver coin/medal was given to me by my dad when I was very young. He had no interest in coins so no idea where he got it. Part of this story will make some of you numismatic folk pull your hair out. I clearly recall proudly showing it to one of my uncles who proceeded to rub his thumbnail back and forth across the face of the coin to, "work out if it's really silver". I snatched it back but he'd already done the damage you can still see clearly some 30 years later (scratches)!

I've kept it in a box ever since but still know absolutely nothing about it. I've tried searching but to no avail. If anyone knows anything about its history it'd be much appreciated! :)





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Wow, fair play! Thank you..

Just noticed that its composition is listed as copper which is leaving me a bit confused.. :o

.. I looked for a silver variant on there but couldn't find one. Pretty sure mine silver so I've just weighed it to check the difference.

Pretty rare! 👍


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What an interesting story! And how much more interesting it would have been if we could have known the rest of the journey of this nice medal before it was given to you! That's part of what I like about old coins and medals - you can fantasise about so much they went through before they happen to arrive to your desk ☺️

In case you were interested to know more, it is possible that this medal was previously mounted in some kind of jewellery, judging by slight edge damage at 12 and 4 o'clock on the obverse. This used to be quite common with certain types of medals...

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Thanks for your reply! It is indeed interesting to think about a coin's story. There's just so many possibilities bundled into one little piece of metal that has a societal and cultural value. I did notice what looked like clamp marks and imagine you're right which makes it even more interesting to me. I wonder why it was mounted into some kind of jewellery! :) 

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