CZECHOSLOVAKIA, silver medal, 1935, President Mazaryk’s 85th birthday


CZECHOSLOVAKIA, medal, 1935, Obverse: bust R, TOMAS G. MASARYK, O. SPANIEL below bust, Reverse: 7/III/1850 NA PAMET 85 NAROZENIN PRVNIHO PRESIDENTA REPUBLIKY CESKOSLOVENSKE 7/III/1935, stamped K and 987 on otherwise plain edge, silver, 32mm, 14.76g, edge nick, AU

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This medal was struck by the Kremnica mint to celebrate the 85th birthday of President Tomas Masaryk.

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.