BELGIUM Music Festival medal 1866


BELGIUM, music festival medal, 1866, Obverse: harp over crossed olive branches, COMMUNE DE SAINT-JOSSE-TEN-NOODE, A. FISCH, Reverse: FEDERATION DES SOCIETES MUSICALES FESTIVAL 1866, Edge: plain with hole for screw-in loop, gilt bronze, 39mm, 29.55g, tiny bubbles in the plating, some popped, XF-AU

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St.-Josse-ten-Noode is a municipality in Brussels.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest often a reward for something often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending 3. other things that we are interested in.