CZECHOSLOVAKIA, War Cross, no date (1918), Obverse: arms of the four regions arranged as a cross, Reverse: C S in center of 4 medallions with linden leaves, with linden leaf spray for unit award, bronze, 38mm, old ribbon, XF

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Many early Czechoslovakian medals of the period 1919 to 1939 were reissued later. Some of those reissues were by governments and meant for recipients who had lost their originals or had not previously been awarded. Others were made for sale to collectors. Usually the later versions have a characteristic smooth, shiny surface, but sometimes the originals were made that way too. I think this one is original.

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.