DENMARK obverse trial of white metal medal (1851)


DENMARK, medal, no date (1851), Obverse: bust R, HJERTELIG OG VENNESÆL ANDERS SANDØE ØRSTED, P. PETERSEN on truncation, Reverse: blank & rough, white metal, 55mm, 40.6g, trial strike of obverse, in old Monnaie de Paris case in which it does not belong, XF-AU

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Translation: HJERTELIG OG VENNESÆL ANDERS SANDØE ØRSTED= Heartfelt and Friendly. There are two notable Danish people with this name. This is the elder, a lawyer and politician who was Prime Minister from 1853 to 1854. He had a nephew of the same name who was a scientist.

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.