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Medal valuation

Old 4th Apr 2018, 18:25
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Medal valuation

I have recently carried out a medal valuation for one of our members who wanted to get an idea of the value of his own and family members' medals for insurance purposes. I was happy to do this, and in return our member made a donation to a charity which I suggested. Before I retired I used to do insurance valuations for a fee, but I am now more than happy to do it for charity, particularly as other than my time (which I have plenty of) it costs me nothing. You can donate to the charity I suggest, or another of your choice, as you prefer.

If any member has medals which he would like valued, please do not give details on the open forum, but contact me by private message in the first instance and I will provide you with my email address so we can proceed.

Just to repeat, I will not be making any charge for this, so I hope that this thread will not breach PPRuNe's rules about using the forum for commercial purchases.
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Old 4th Apr 2018, 18:56
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Well done that man.
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Old 4th Apr 2018, 21:00
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I can vouch for the fact that TTN really knows his stuff. As civilians we were in the same line of business - and competitors!
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Rosevidney - how come an old time PPRuNer like you is on probation? Have you been a naughty boy?
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 10:42
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Off-topic warning.
My aunt's medals came to me, including the MBE, but do they have to be returned to the country?
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 11:32
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No you can keep the MBE. The insignia of the Order of the Garter and Order of the Thistle have to be returned on the holder's death, but other that there is no requirement to return most orders.
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I have a 'Civilian' gulf war 1 medal, probably worth peanuts, but someone told me that it was a little different to the 'Military' one.


Is there any difference between the two?
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"Raw" prices here at E C Snaiths (Cranwell)
https://www.ecsnaith.com/medals-ribbons.html

Medals engraved with Service Number, Rank & Name will be more valuable, as they will be attributable to an individual/act!
Multiple named medals will multiply value! as uniquity will increase!

A Tailor once queried my medal order as my Herrick was before my Iraq!
I was the first TGx into Bastian, then the last TGx in Basrah! But my medals were deemed to be in the wrong order as Iraq happened before Afghan!
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 23:05
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Flight Idle - Campaign medals awarded to civilians are obviously much scarcer than those to service recipients. This can translate into a higher market value, it depends on the civilian status of the individual. Starting with the Boer War, those awarded to war correspondents, for example, have always attracted a hefty premium.

unclenelli the prices on your link are of course for copy medals, and have little relevance to the value of original medals, as awarded. British campaign medals have been named with the recipients' details from Waterloo onwards with one or two exceptions, notably the medals and stars awarded for WW2 service. Officers' gallantry medals (DFC, MC etc) were never issued named, whereas those awarded to other ranks (DFM, MM) etc always were.

Some VCs were forfeited in the late Victorian period, but I believe it was King Edward VII who had the royal warrant altered so that it could no longer be forfeited for any reason.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 02:25
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civilian medals

TTNav - you know your business much better than I.

However when Flight Idle talks of a civilian medal in the Gulf war, might he be referring to the Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal ? There was an equivalent civilian service medal for Afghanistan also.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 10:29
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He might. but I have certainly seen the usual Gulf War medal issued and named to a civilian. As I recall he was an employee of BAe.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 11:00
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
He might. but I have certainly seen the usual Gulf War medal issued and named to a civilian. As I recall he was an employee of BAe.


Yes, I was an employee of BAe at the time & was given the usual gulf war medal with my name stamped along the edge.


I'm not sure if it's identical to the military one though.
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Stolen Medals

Again slightly off topic.......

My medals were stolen during a house burglary several years ago. All have my service number on. Is there a way of putting them on a list so people look out for them ?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
unclenelli the prices on your link are of course for copy medals, and have little relevance to the value of original medals, as awarded. British campaign medals have been named with the recipients' details from Waterloo onwards with one or two exceptions, notably the medals and stars awarded for WW2 service. Officers' gallantry medals (DFC, MC etc) were never issued named, whereas those awarded to other ranks (DFM, MM) etc always were.

Some VCs were forfeited in the late Victorian period, but I believe it was King Edward VII who had the royal warrant altered so that it could no longer be forfeited for any reason.
That's why I quoted "Raw" prices!
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 13:50
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I have a 'Civilian' Gulf War medal, albeit the same as the Military, with initials and surname inscribed round the edge. I also have a Canal Zone Medal (Number, Rank, Name) from 1953-56.


Hardly precious metal!
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 14:07
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Originally Posted by unclenelli View Post
"Raw" prices here at E C Snaiths (Cranwell)
https://www.ecsnaith.com/medals-ribbons.html

Medals engraved with Service Number, Rank & Name will be more valuable, as they will be attributable to an individual/act!
Multiple named medals will multiply value! as uniquity will increase!

A Tailor once queried my medal order as my Herrick was before my Iraq!
I was the first TGx into Bastian, then the last TGx in Basrah! But my medals were deemed to be in the wrong order as Iraq happened before Afghan!
My Afgan medal is also before my Iraq medal. I guess it depends which Iraq you earned the medal for. My Afgan was for Oracle in 2001 and my Iraq for the 2004 invasion.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 18:09
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Flight Idle - I am certain your medal will be the same as that issued to service personnel. The medal can be issued without a clasp (sometimes incorrectly called a bar) or with one or other of two dated clasps, the earlier of which is quite rare. I would be interested to know if yours was issued without a clasp - I suspect that will be the case.

The rule for campaign medals is that they should be worn in chronological order of award. Thus some medals for lengthy campaigns can appear in a different order in different individual's groups. Thus my son's Northern Ireland GSM appears after his UN Bosnia medal, as that is the order he was awarded them, even though NI medals were first awarded in 1969. A smart arse CSM tried to pick him up on this when he told TTN jnr his medals were mounted incorrectly, but he had the good grace to back down when the regs were explained to him

"Hardly Precious Metal" Current "book" price for the Gulf Medal to a civilian is around 200, The GSM with the "Canal Zone" Clasp (if that is what you are referring to) around 300. Maybe not "precious metal" (although the GSM is silver), but not junk either!

Stretchwell The magazine "Medal News" published by Token Publications has a section where people looking for lost or stolen medals can place an ad. Definitely worth a go.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 18:21
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Originally Posted by Stretchwell View Post
Again slightly off topic.......

My medals were stolen during a house burglary several years ago. All have my service number on. Is there a way of putting them on a list so people look out for them ?

Thanks.
You could have done this already but get an alert from fleaBay set up when a xxx group is listed. It may be that the medals have passed through a few hands by now and are not recognised as stolen. View relevant online auction house listings, especially militaria. Good luck.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 19:13
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TTN,


Mine was without a clasp. Some employees did get the clasp, it depended upon dates etc.
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