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  1. As one of Antti's proofreaders, all I am going to say is that it's looking good!
  2. What an ideal posting for you Antonio :)
  3. Fairly old and with mostly lineart of the medals discussed: Monick, S. (1988) South African Military Awards 1912-1987, South African National Museum of Military History. The odd copy can be aqcuired via Amazon and other online used book sellers. You can find quite a few links from https://www.medals.org.uk/south-africa/south-africa-links.htm.. and look at the medal list itself there, of course.
  4. I have just heard that the Danish Ministry of Justice has announced 4 new medals: 1. The Ministry of Justice Medal 2. The Ministry of Justice Medal for Killed in Action 3. The Ministry of Justice Medal for Wounded in Action 4. The Ministry of Justice Medal for International Service These have been approved by the Queen, but as yet no information on designs of medals or ribbons. As the police long service medal is one of the few Danish ones not to have a red and white ribbon, there's speculation that these new medals may also incorporate the colour green in the ribbon. The Ministry of Justice has oversight of the police and the prisons service, for which the last 3 medals are intended. The first one may be awarded to anyone as the Minister of Justice sees fit. Here is the announcement (in Danish): http://www.justitsministeriet.dk/nyt-og-presse/pressemeddelelser/2019/justitsministeren-kan-nu-haedre-medarbejdere-med-medaljer
  5. As I understand it (being neither a lawyer nor an American), as long as you don't try to sell your Medals of Honor in the USA you should be OK. Probably best not to sell to an American citizen even elsewhere. I've been twice asked to facilitate sales by European citizens of the MoH. One was sold to another European, the other went to a museum in America, who went to great lenths to provide proof that they WERE a genuine museum and thus entitled to purchase and display an MoH.
  6. There have been some fine images of the new Thai king wearing uniform and medals during his coronation. This one, courtesy of the BBC, is exceptionally fine. Collar and sash are the Order of the Royal House of Chakri. Medals are Order of Chula Chom Klao, Bravery Medal, Freeman Safeguarding Medal, Border Service Medal, Long Service Medal, King Bhumibol Adulyade's Royal Cypher Medal & something at the end I cannot quite make out. Nice view of Thai parachute wings for the badge enthusiasts, too!
  7. All I can find is a couple of youngsters proudly displaying the new flag.
  8. Nations that hold coronations and award 'conronation medals' generally hand them out to those who attend or assist with the coronation. Visiting royals qualify under the first, and troops often get an extra gong under the second, as what's a coronation without a good military parade?
  9. I have never heard of any case of a 'mourning ribbon'' - state morning is indicated by a black armband on the left sleeve. Personal mourning when in uniform is indicated by covering a button (think it's the 2nd one from the top) with black cloth. The Norwegian and Swedish royal families are given to medals to mark personal rather than state milestones - but the only black ribboned example I can think of was Sweden's King Gustav V, for whom a Memorial Funeral Medal was issued in 1951 for participation in his funeral the previous year. Sweden also has the Royal Order of the Northern Star, which had a black ribbon until 1975 (then they changed to a yellow-edged blue one). Yugoslavia's never had anything with a black ribbon at all. I agree with Paul's assessment... although I smell fish rather than bovine manure :)
  10. Just as I was wondering what to do with the upcoming weekend...
  11. Great stuff, Emmanuel. Yes, I just found out about Eva Peron's special collar as well, but that's the only image I can find of it. Unfortunately it did not survive the military coup in 1955, being taken apart and all the gems sold off. The design was quite different from that in use today – although the badge of the Order was suspended from a laurel wreath with a curved sabre and Andean condor, the centre link of the collar from which it hung depicted the National Coat of Arms with four flags, and the rest of the Collar was made up of the shields of the then fourteen provinces united by a double chain of drums (representing the Tacuarí drum, based on a legend of a young drummer boy at the 1811 battle between Spanish loyalists and revolutionaries) and closing of laurels with a great sun's finale in back.
  12. Nice. Would you be willing to allow me to use the image on my website (with full acknowledgement, of course)?
  13. Here, as promised, is the Grand Cross star - a magnificent gold beast!
  14. That's interesting, Emmanuel... poking around on a mostly defunct corner of the Argentinan Chancellory website, it appears that the insignia for the Grand Officer class does indeed consist solely of a breast star. Here's the link: https://web.archive.org/web/20120409224548/http://www.cancilleria.gov.ar/portal/cancilleria/condecoraciones/sm_granoficial.html (archived in 2012) Here's one that Spinks are selling in the new year: The star is silver apart from the 'wavy rays' which are 18 karat gold. It's 90mm in diameter, the same size as the Grand Cross star, which is made completely of gold. I have an image of that somewhere as well... I just prefer to post on my own site before here :)
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