USA KKK medal 1920s


USA, medal, no date (1920s), Obverse: cross, KIGY in angles, NON SILBA SED ANTHAR HONOR, high barred H, Reverse: unwrapped square in which blood drop & 1866, crown above, ribbon behind on which WITHOUT FEAR AND WITHOUT REPROACH, DUTY below, Edge: plain, copper-nickel, 31mm, Ku Klux Klan, K203, spot, XF

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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.