BELGIUM Medal for the 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Pope Leo XIII 1902


BELGIUM, religious medal, 1902, bust L, LEO . XIII . PONT . MAX . AN . XXV, JOHNSON below truncation, Jesus standing 1/2 L with sheep, PASTOR BONVS ANIMAM SVAM DAT PRO OVIBVS SVIS, loop at top, gilt bronze, 31mm, 12.03g, 25th anniversary of the reign of Pope Leo XIII, scratches rev., XF

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They didn’t have TV or radio back then. They had to make their own entertainment. So they made festive occasions when they’d get together. As often as possible, Get together with people, schmooz, so ritual like stuff, maybe you’d all sing together, so, like, the western version of pranayama yoga. Then they’d buy a little medal, put it on your coat lapel, there’s a conversation starter right there.

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.