BELGIUM Medal for the Restoration of the Church at Tieghem 1893


BELGIUM, religious medal, 1893, bust L between 1843 1893, GEDENKENIS . VAN . HET . GOUDEN . BISCHOPSFEEST . VAN . ONZEN . HEILIGEN . VADER . PAUS . LEO XIII, cathedral between St. Peter & another saint, ribbon above on which 1100 GEBOUWD HERSTELD 1893, TIEGHEM . W=VLDEREN BELGIE below, ARNOLDUS . GEBOREN . TE . TIEGHEM . PATROON . DER . KERK + H. PETRUS . 1STE PATROON . DER . PAROCHIE + around, loop at top, brass, 27mm, 9.07g, Golden Bishops’ Festival for Pope Leo XIII, on the occasion of the restoration of the church, built in 1100, restored 1893, 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.