MEXICO silver medal for 400th anniversary of founding of the mint 1936


MEXICO, medal, 1936, Obverse: minting machine, VIRREY ANTONIO DE MENDOZA PRESIDENTE C>GENERAL LAZARO CARDENAS, Reverse: antique mint machine, CASA DE MONEDA DE MEXICO 1536 1936 IV CENTENARIO DE SU FUDACION, silver, 37mm, 25.08g, 400th anniversary of Mexico City mint, toned Unc

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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.