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Where are all the Indian medal dealers on Ebay?

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I used to have quite a list of Indian sellers on Ebay selling Indian medals, but they've all one by one disappeared. And a search hasn't revealed any more. Not sure why! Anyone know of any Indian dealers selling on Ebay or on the Internet? 

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At one time the only way to get silver medals out of India was 'privately' - undeclared or by arrangement with an accommodating shipper, as Indian law forbid the export of gold and silver.  Probably honoured more in the breech than in the observance, but that was the law twenty or so years ago when I was trying, with limited success, to collect silver medals to the Indian Army.

So, it may be the case that a new law, or new enforcement of an existing regulation, has made the dealers stop advertising - because I'd be very surprised if they stopped actually selling - on easily monitored platforms such as ebay.   Just a guess, however.  Ed Haynes, who runs the 'SA Gongs' Fbook page, will know if there is such a reason, as he is a true specialist and travels regularly to the subcontinent.

Or perhaps they've just found better ways to market.  But I would be interested to hear, if you find an answer!

Peter

 

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On 03/12/2018 at 13:59, peter monahan said:

At one time the only way to get silver medals out of India was 'privately' - undeclared or by arrangement with an accommodating shipper, as Indian law forbid the export of gold and silver.  Probably honoured more in the breech than in the observance, but that was the law twenty or so years ago when I was trying, with limited success, to collect silver medals to the Indian Army.

So, it may be the case that a new law, or new enforcement of an existing regulation, has made the dealers stop advertising - because I'd be very surprised if they stopped actually selling - on easily monitored platforms such as ebay.   Just a guess, however.  Ed Haynes, who runs the 'SA Gongs' Fbook page, will know if there is such a reason, as he is a true specialist and travels regularly to the subcontinent.

Or perhaps they've just found better ways to market.  But I would be interested to hear, if you find an answer!

Peter

 

Hi, thanks for the reply. It seems like a lot of them have fallen off lately, and a search on Ebay hasn't shown any more. Plenty of Pakistan dealers but very few India. I was wondering if they'd brought in some law banning the sale of medals or something? 

Regards 

Duncan. 

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Could well be, Duncan.  I once bought a group of 8 to a Risaldar Major, Indian Cavalry out of a suitcase full of silver medals, smuggled out of India in defiance of the 'no exporting bullion' law.  The irony is that the two non-silver gongs - 1914-15 Star and Victory Medal- had been thrown away by the picker who bought the group for the value of the metal. :(  It may well be that the country has now banned all exports of military awards.

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Duncan,

I bought a lot of 25 medals from India earlier this year through ebay.com but I have not seen this dealer advertise since.  Perhaps if you ask your question on SAGONGS you might bet a better answer.

Regards,

Gordon

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