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  1. Here's one in silver sold at Morton & Eden on 26 Nov 2014. Comes in silver and bronze, and I'm sure a few gold ones for the royal family. Cataloged as Barac-42, 43. Frank D.
  2. Hi Scott, Re: your "wrong" comment..."wrong" is subjective, not easily quantifiable. And age has nothing to do with condition. There are ancient coins that are in perfect mint state after having existed for 2000 years. The point I was making is that there are gradations of condition with medals as with coins or any collectible. And unless we're going to keep our collections in the family when we're gone (they'll sell too eventually), we should figure we're going to have to sell at some point. So why not try to acquire the best condition possible, because future potential buyers will want to buy the best condition possible too. In 50+ years of collecting, buying and selling as a full-time dealer, I've seen large collections sold by collectors who spent well into five figures and held the items for 20 to 40 years. But they almost always bought the cheapest low-end stuff they could find, and it's still low end and not very desirable when sold. My observations of the current market is that buyers want rarity and top condition items and are willing to pay a premium to get them. By the way, these comments refer to anonymous or un-named Orders or medals only, i.e., as in a type collection. Named or attributed medals are a whole different ballgame. Here's my Zahringer Lion. I loved it when I bought it 20+ years ago, and if I could find it, I'm sure I still would! Happy Collecting, Frank D.
  3. Hi Dansson, All things are relative and if you got a very good buy and like it, that's all that matters. I was under the impression that you were seeking a single insignia for a type collection, thus my comments. Here's a link to a seller of the OEK catalog I mentioned. http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/OEK-German-Orders-Medals-1800-1945-reference-catalog-new-issue-2017-/371896842675?hash=item5696c779b3:g:2q4AAOSwol5YznA- Happy Collecting! Frank D.
  4. What fantastic coverage of a most interesting and rare award. It makes me wish I would have bid higher on a few of these that were in Spink sales some years ago. But I'm more intrigued right now about this comment on the Order of the White Eagle. Do you mean that only one award of that Order was ever made? Or that only one actual insignia of this order is known to be extant at this time? If the latter, are photos of that 2nd Class published anywhere? I would like to know more about this great rarity. Frank D. at medalworld
  5. For gold you must go to 1st Class with Swords. My latest OEK catalog is the 20th edition, where it quotes OEK-152 in gold at 1400 Euro. If you don't have an OEK catalog, get one. It will help you a lot with attribution and valuations.
  6. To member Dansson, the piece seems quite genuine, but I hope you won't mind a comment about the condition of the medal. Don't be terribly disappointed if your offer is declined. The condition on this one is a bit rough, especially between the cross arms where the gilding is almost gone, and also on the swords. This is not a particularly scarce insignia. Very nice condition singles come up in auctions regularly, in the US$450-550 range. We're not exactly in a booming market these days, so with a little patience you will find a nicer piece that you'll always enjoy looking at. Condition and eye-appeal are important when you buy, because they are especially important when it's time to sell! Good luck with your collection!
  7. Montenegro Order of Freedom


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    Established on January 3, 1919, the Order of Freedom was the Kingdom of Montenegro's last Order as it struggled to maintain its independence in the immediate aftermath of World War One. Awarded to those who supported King Nicholas I and his dynasty, and who fought for Montenegro's independence through the early 1920s. A full size breast badge on its green tri-fold ribbon. In gilt bronze and multi-color enamels; dimensions are 41mm in width and 45mm height to the top of the ball suspension. Condition is Choice Mint State, in its original white box of issue, this with minor splits at the corners. Of the 5 specimens I've handled since 1988, three of those still in their original boxes all had this white card box. One might assume that the King in exile, after issuing this handsome award, didn't have much extra cash to fund fancy award cases, so they went with this modest card stock box. Scarce and certainly among the finest specimens you will see. $600 postpaid insured within the USA. Overseas OK, plus postage of choice. Immediate delivery if paid by cash or USPS postal money order. Personal checks OK, but must clear 10 business days; Paypal plus 3%. Every now and then, I sell at Ebay. See under my user name "medalworld" for current offerings. Much more in the pipeline, so keep watching. Many thanks. Frank D.


  8. Hello Gents, Please have a look at this Knight's Badge of the Mecklenburg Schwerin Griffin Order (obv and rev scans at 800dpi). I bought this at OMSA a half dozen or so years ago, but I've just looked closely at it today and compared details to Nimmergut's listing, his no. 1679 in vol. 2. My piece measures 46.5mm high x 43mm wide and weighs 13.7 grams. Nimmergut says Knights are 49mm x 49mm and the weight as 20.2 grams. He seems not to include the pie shaped suspension in his measurements! If his 49mm size is correct, isn't it unusual that a Knight would be larger than the Knight with Crown (his no. 1678) which he quotes as 44mm x 44mm, not including the size of the crown? Other than the size and weight, what bothers me about my piece is the pebbling within the pie shape suspension. It does not actually consist of raised dots as pebbling should be, but rather like irregular, somewhat circular, broken raised lines. If other members who are specialists in German Imperial Orders would have a look and comment, I'd be most appreciative. Many thanks, Frank D.
  9. Hello All, I'm interested in buying one of these Iraqi DSMs such as shown in Megan's post above. Does anyone know how many unissued ones like this came out (or were looted) back then? Same question re: the ubiquitous bronze police medals of the same period? Thanks, Frank at medalworld (also my ebay user name)
  10. Hello Kharis, What a nice surprise to hear from someone who knows about Chief Inspector Edwin Kelly. I had pretty much abandoned any hope of finding out anything about him. It is a pleasure to "meet" his great grandson in this forum. When you say that you understand that CI Kelly was the first black man to reach Chief Inspector rank, do you mean in T&T only, or within the entire British Commonwealth police system? I would indeed like to know as much as possible about his career details and it would be great to acquire a nice old photo of him in uniform. You may reply to me directly at fdraskovic@hotmail.com Many thanks. Regards, Frank Draskovic
  11. Chinese war medal collectors

    Many thanks Lingqi, Comments appreciated. Regards, Frank
  12. Chinese war medal collectors

    Thank you Paul; your valuable comments always appreciated. In fact, I have seen this item in person and examined it closely. But as the first of this type I've seen, I cannot definitively conclude one way or another. Comparing its weight with the weight of other known originals in China and elsewhere would be helpful. The Chinese fakers are getting better at their "craft". An experienced eye can still tell obvious fakes from six feet away, such as with the large number of strange grayish metal and weirdly colored breast stars saturating the market, but some Golden Grains and Striped Tigers have caused me to look twice before recognizing they're fakes. Those are improving and one must be very careful. Nothing new under the sun here...where larceny can exist, it will. Buyer beware. Regards, Frank
  13. Chinese war medal collectors

    Hello GMIC member Lingqi, Like you I've been a collector of Chinese medals for a while, 29 years for me. This is listed in Barac, but I've not seen one in person before this specimen. Based on the Ebay pics, may we have your opinion of genuineness please? Only price has been discussed here, but authenticity concerns me more. Paul, your thoughts too please? The same seller has a Tsao Kun medal for sale now also at Ebay. The reverse colors seem most unusual. Regards, Frank Draskovic
  14. Opinions on China medal?

    Generally when ones sees raised pimples, such as the two large ones on the obverse, or depressions in the fields or devices, "cast" should come to mind. Then it's time to dig out the magnifier and carefully check for other diagnostics. The extra metal on the integral loop is another tip off. In the last several years I've seen at least a dozen cast Russian China medals, mostly in silver. Fake Russian medals are ubiquitous. I now assume all are bad until very careful examination convinces me they are genuine. Buyer beware!
  15. Owain, Oh well, maybe next time. There is plenty out there and always more medals to buy. I see so much coming onto the market. The auction aggregators combined send me notices of up to 50 auctions in my areas of interest, EACH DAY! One would never sleep or eat if attempting to check even a fraction of them. There is more out there than we think, and those who have it also now have the means to get it before our eyes in a professional manner. In 5-10 years we'll know what is common (likely more than we thought), scarce and what is truly rare. Regards, Frank