SWITZERLAND silver school award (18th century)


SWITZERLAND, school award, no date (18th century) Obverse: arms supported by lion with sword L, * MONETA REIPUBLICAE TURICENSIS, Reverse: S. P. Q. T. LEHR GIBT EHR, militaria below, floralia around, oblique reeding, integral loop at top, silver, 24x35mm, 3.69g, MH521 AU-Unc

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Silver school awards were popular in the larger towns that could afford them. There’d be a solemn convocation, speeches, singing probably, the medals presented, then a party. And you could spend the medals as money if you wanted to.

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.