UNKNOWN LOCATION bronze medal (probably 19th-20th century)


UNKNOWN LOCATION, medal, no date (probably 1920s-40s), Obverse: shield with 8-rayed star above crescent, Greek legend: ΑΡΧΙ ΑΝΔΡΑ ΔΕΙΞΕΙ, (Google translate: “old man points,” Reverse: blank field, raised rim, Edge: plain, bronze, 38.5mm, 25.48g, perhaps a fraternal or fraternity medal, and perhaps from some other country, a tiny green spot brown AU

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There are plenty of tokens and some medals that we are currently unable to attribute properly with time place and purpose. If those unknowns are American we call them “mavericks.” This one reminds me a bit of Ku Klux Klan material. I found nothing about it online. It is a high quality strike and would seem to be late 19th or early 20th century.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately but sometimes governments got involved.

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.