AUSTRIA Franz-Joseph Jubilee Medal 1908


AUSTRIA, Franz-Joseph Jubilee Medal, 1908, Obverse: military bust R, Reverse: MDCCCXLVIII – MDCCCXCVIII SIGNVM MEMORIAE, bronze, 34mm diameter planchet, old red ribbon, edge nicks, XF

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The Emperor’s jubilee was hyped and celebrated with events, medals, postcards, and so forth. This medal was given to members of the military.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.