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South Africa 1880 war medal - advice


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Hi all

Seeking advice on this medal I've taken possession of. Plenty of information on Google but I haven't seen any that confirm the composition other than 'silver'. 

It tests on the Sigma within the brackets for 90% US

I assume it's real given that it is silver, as all of the reproduction medals I've seen don't look as good and are base metal. 

And of course, most importantly, what's it worth?! 

 

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1877 to 1879 Zulu wars. You need to check up on the name that is on it. This is easy to do and can add value. Unfortunately it is obviously missing bits otherwise could have been worth four figures. In that condition hard to say😮🤔

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Thanks @Petra

Unfortunately no clasp or ribbon. 

It also has no evidence of a name around the rim. Whether this was due to someone removing it, I don't know. It does have a concave shape to the rim though 

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1 hour ago, iacabu said:

Thanks @Petra

Unfortunately no clasp or ribbon. 

It also has no evidence of a name around the rim. Whether this was due to someone removing it, I don't know. It does have a concave shape to the rim though 

mmm… no name either, should be 36mm diameter, if less, along with no name and number, probably taken off for some reason? Looking more like an addition to the scrap pile or kept as a novelty 😮🤔unlucky 🤔

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2 hours ago, iacabu said:

haven't seen any that confirm the composition other than 'silver'. 

It tests on the Sigma within the brackets for 90% US

I assume it's real given that it is silver, as all of the reproduction medals I've seen don't look as good and are base metal. 

And of course, most importantly, what's it worth?!

Same here, sources just state silver. I've always assumed that British silver medals were Sterling, I think it's odd if they're not, but then again they're not hallmarked.
I have a medal price guide book from 2010, so a tad out of date 🤣 but the lowest price stated is "£250-300".
The lack of any engraving around the rim warrants further research as it should state the name & unit.

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Personally I believe that on Ebay, if well photographed and well listed, it would make far, far more than it's scrap value.

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5 minutes ago, Earthmetal said:

Personally I believe that on Ebay, if well photographed and well listed, it would make far, far more than it's scrap value.

Then he’ll have to pay HMRC…..

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8 minutes ago, Earthmetal said:

Personally I believe that on Ebay, if well photographed and well listed, it would make far, far more than it's scrap value.

Good idea👍

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8 minutes ago, Sovhead said:

Then he’ll have to pay HMRC…..

Why?

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Just now, Sovhead said:

Depends on how high it sells for with the new HMRC tax implications.

I don't know anything about them, but I sell regularly on Ebay and have never had to pay anything to HMRC.

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4 minutes ago, Earthmetal said:

I don't know anything about them, but I sell regularly on Ebay and have never had to pay anything to HMRC.

Have a read of the HMRC thread for future bud 👍🏻

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I think Ebay may be the right place for this one. 

Perhaps will ping a couple of emails to some dealers too. 

Measures at 36mm, but the concave rim around most of the medal shows that someone has removed some of it. 

Weighs in at 29.70g

Hopefully this video shows it off a bit more.  

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  • 1 month later...

Little update for anyone interested. 

The medal sold tonight on Ebay for £97 minus fees. 

I did have an early offer of £120, which in hindsight.... 

But I'm very happy with the result considering it owes me next to nothing 

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