PORTUGAL Peninsular War Monument medal 1873


PORTUGAL, medal, 1873, Obverse: crossed flags, AO EXERCITO LUSO-BRITANNICO CAMPANHAS DA GUERRA PENINSULAR 1808 A 1814, Reverse: monument, ERIGIDO NO BUSSACO 1873, white metal, 59mm, edge nicka and bumps, corroded, dark VF

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Portuguese medals of the 19th century tend to be rather scarce.

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.