NETHERLANDS silver medal for the Union of Utrecht 1979


NETHERLANDS, medal, 1979, Utrecht mint, Obverse: lion rampant L, 1759 UNIE VAN UTRECHT 10 UNIE DAALDERS, Reverse: crowned arms, CONCORDIA RES PARVE CRESCVNT, Edge: plain, silver, 38mm, 25.32g, Prooflike,

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There was a celebration in Utrecht in 1979 for the 400th anniversary of the Union of Utrecht, which served as the founding document for what would eventually become the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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.