New Zealand Medals Ltd - Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration

Medals for Collectors and Investment

Collecting medals is a popular pastime. We have a wide range of medals available so please send us details of any you are looking for. We have medals from the former collection of Aubrey Bairstow (which is a 30 year collection), the collection of the late Dr John Ross (which is a 70 year collection), as well as medals we have purchased as second hand dealers. All medals we sell will come with provenance and are genuine and as described.

We have a policy of generally NOT stating the name of the recipient when giving details of the medals in question. This is because we have noticed an annoying and dishonest trend over the years of descendants searching their ancestors name, finding the medals for sale, then insisting that the medals were "clearly" stolen 50 - 100  years earlier as "granddad would not have sold them". This policy of not naming recipients is becoming more common practice throughout the industry now.

Prices shown are inclusive of GST and include courier delivery NZ wide.

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THE EXCEPTIONAL GREEK MEDAL OF GEORGE 1ST FOR THE RESCUE OF THE KING OF GREECE AT CRETE

The important Greek Medal of George First to Private Victor Ball, 18th Infantry Bn, awarded for the rescue of the King of Greece at Crete. 

The well documented rescue of the King has appeared in numerous newspaper articled in recent years. Vic Ball was one of the men of the small Platoon under Lt Ryan who escorted the King over the mountains to the safety of a British evacuation. You could imagne that one day they will make a movie about it. In the meantime we will make do with contemporay films.

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/video/new-zealanders-rescue-king-greece

The King awarded the men the Medal of George 1st and they were given a ribbon bar and llater the certificate. They were however not given the actual medal until Prince Phillip was introduced to some of the men during the Royal Visit in 1953 and noticed they did not have the corresponding medal. He arranged for the medals to be presented when he returned to the UK (the men were actually given a version withoout swords).

This set of medals comes with the excessively rare original NZ certificate for the Greek medal plus the original Greek one. Also included is an illuminated had written presentation address to Ball which includes his photo in which you can see he is wearing the Greek ribbon bar. The original ribbon bar is also included as are his original paybooks and numerous other documents. There is also a full transcript of his diary. The original is held in the National Army Museum, Waiouru.

An added bonus is his sons Vietnam set of 3 medals to RNZIR and the sons rare photo albums of his service in Vietnam. The NZOSM was added by a previous owner and is un-named. the Vietnam pair of medals are correctly impressed.

Provenance: sold by the son of the recipient to a private Auckland collector (Ian Hamilton) about 20 years ago. Purchased from Mr Hamilton about 2 years ago for my private collection of medals to Aucklanders.

$9,000

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THE MILITARY CROSS FOR WW2 TO THE MOST JUNIOR OFFICER TO RECEIVE IT WITH THE AUCKLAND INFANTRY BATN FOR AN ACT OF OUTSTANDING BRAVERY 

The extremely rare and important Military Cross to Ivan Walters, 24th (Auckland) Infantry Batn, 2nd NZEF. Ivan enlisted in the 2nd NZEF in 1940 as a Private. He had previously been a taxi and bus driver. He quickly progressed through the ranks of 24Bn and was a 2nd Lt in 1943 when he lead a patrol at El Hamma Road in North Africa. For his bravery there he was awarded an immediate Military Cross - the only one to a 2nd Lt in 24 Bn. I have since spoken to people afterwards who knew Ivan and were present when he won his Cross. By all accounts he lost his temper at the Germans and walked up the road with a satchel of grenades, hurling them at the enemy. The official citation is impressive enough, stating that he led a small party against an enemy strong point after his men had been pinned down by anti tank and automatic fire.

Sold with the original rare NZ certificate for the MC, his pay books, an original photograph, various documents and references, reunion programs including one signed by Charles Upham VC and bar.  The medals all un-named as issued. The MC officially dated.

Provenance: NZ Collector Services, who purchased from the family. I purchased them via NZCS on trade me shortly after Tom Taylor-Young died and have held them in my private collection of medals to Aucklanders since.

$12,000

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THE MBE TO WILLIAM INSKIP
- LATE 26TH RFTS NZMR AND CAPTAIN DURING WW2.

WW1 pair correctly impressed 43183 TPR W J INSKIP NZEF. Other medals un-named as issued. 

William Inskip was working in Brookby, Manurewa when he enlisted in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. He served with the 26th Reinforcements in Palestine. After the war he settled in Opotiki and ran a store. During WW2 he had home service in New Zealand. During WW2 he served as a Captain in the Opotiki Mounted Squadron of the Home Guard. His son was killed in WW2 whilst serving with the RNZAF. He was awarded the 1953 Coronation Medal whilst living in Opotiki and later the MBE Civil in 1966. The latter award was for services to the Auckland Education Board - for whom he served as a Commissioner. He died in 1973.

Provenance: NZ Collector Services, Christchurch as part of our private collection of medals to men in the Auckland Mounted Rifles

$1350















(copy commission from his online file)
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A GOOD WW2 SET TO A POW WHO WAS MID OR KIA

IGS 1908-35 named 7646 L-NK GUL BADSHAR 2-10 BALUCH R
The regiment was entirely captured in Singapore in 1942. There were 2 men of this name in the regiment. One was killed and one was a POW who won an MID.

Provenance formerly in the collection of the RSM SASR Australia purchased 10 years ago for my private collection.

$600










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A MILITARY CROSS AND TRIO TO THE QUEENS REGT AND TUNNELLING COY

MC GVR un-named as issued, 1914-15 Star impressed 2 LIEUT L A HORNE THE QUEEN’S R, WW1 Pair impressed CAPT L A HORNE. 
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warded the MC “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while leading his men under heavy fire “ London Gazette 26 June 1918.

He died in 1929, leaving a substantial estate to his wife.
Medal index card shows Lindsay Austin Horne also served with the 1st Bn Bedfords and 3rd Bridging Bn Royal Engineers. He also served with 182 Tunnelling Coy, RE. After the war he worked in the Blue Nile Province, Sudan.

Provenance, ex Private Collection
$3600

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A PARTICULARLY NICE DOUBLE MENTION IN DESPATCHES GROUP TO ROYAL ENGINEERS WITH DIARY

The medals and two MID certificates to Company Sergeant Major Butler of the RE together with his unpublished diary of WW2. 

His first MID was for Sicily and was originally recommended as a MBE. The second was for France.  A nice set, not often seen with a diary. The medals un-named as issued.

Provenance Britannia Medals, UK about 15 years ago for my private collection

$550



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A WW2 GROUP WITH MID TO A CAPTAIN , ROYAL ARTILLERY

Un-named medal set with MID Certificate and a bundle of documents and a group photo relating to Captain Ronald Harold Vaughan-Williams of J Troop, 359 Bty, 109 LAA Regt RA, which was particularly active as it moved through Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Provenance Britannia Medals, UK about 15 years ago for my private collection

$550

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A WW2 AUSTRALIAN GROUP TO M SPECIAL UNIT

Pacific Star, War and Australia Service Medals (missing 1939-45 Star), all correctly impressed Q112020 F O Anderson with file from Mostly Unsung (Lt Col Neil Smith) confirming his service in M Special Unit from September to November 1942, which may correlate with a particilar Semut or Mission. M Special were the midget submarine unit based in North Queensland.

Ex I S Wright about 20 years ago for my private collection

$850



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A WW2 Z SPECIAL UNIT GROUPING WITH MID

Z Special are the WW2 Australian “behind enemy lines” group who went on short missions into occupied territory. This set comes with a file from Mostly Unsung (Lt Col Neil Smith) confirming service with Z in July 1945. 

1939-45 and Pacific Stars impressed NX154295 E T REYNOLDS.
Defence Medal un-named and possibly not entitled.
War and Australia Service Medal impressed as per the Stars. MID on War Medal not verified.
Efficiency Medal EIIR with Australia suspender engraved in the messy sloping style often seen on awards of the period 162911 CPL E T REYNOLDS CMF.
Order of St John Service Medal - un-named.
The medals mounted as worn.

His file shows Reynolds was trained as a medic so the St John Medal makes sense. He was a colourful chap and just the sort that would have been wanted for Z. Especially if he had medical training. 

The MID cannot be confirmed as General Blamey had the records destroyed. The medals are mounted as worn by Reynolds, who was serving until 1970. He died in 1973. 

Provenance ex I S Wright , Sydney about 20 years ago and bought for my private collection.

$2750 

———————————————————————————————————————-MULTI WAR SET WITH MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL TO INDIAN ARMY CLERICAL STAFF

1914-18 War Medal named SGT A A CLIFT I M L, Victory Medal (NOT ENTITLED AS SERVICE WAS IN INDIA. Un-named. Doesnt appear erased), Defence Medal (un-named as issued), Delhi Durbar Medal (un-named), Army LSGC GVR (engraved in typical Indian style Sergt S C M S Clerks), MSM GVR (impressed C of M S Clerks I A)

A desirable set to a British man in the Indian Army Corps of Military Staff Clerks, mounted as worn. He has added the Victory Medal, presumably believing he was entitled as most of his UK friends would have it.

$1250
Provenance ex Private Collection 15 years.
























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AN INTERESTING WW2, MALAYA AND KOREA SET TO THE ROYAL MARINES

WW2 medals un-named as issued. Likely took part in ANZIO. Naval GSM Malaya and Korea Medal impressed RMB/X 1294. W MIDDLETON MUSN RM. UN Korea un-named as issued to UK forces.

The recipient was in the RM Band. During WW2 the bandsmen were used as stretcher bearers. The RM served with distinction in Malaya and this is a desirable set.

Provenance ex Dr J M Ross Collection

$950
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NZ Defence Service Medal with Regular clasp to L/Cpl RNZAMC
Provenance : Trade Me 2018
$250


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Boer War and WW1 father and son set. Father died Grenadier Guards during the Boer War son served RN WW1

1248 Pte E Leader Grenadier Guards died during the Boer War , having earlier served with E Div Metropolitan Police. Died at Mooi River 26/8/00 QSA CC and Witt

L5611 Albert Leader was born in 1896. He served in the RN enlisting as a Boy Sailor in 1914 and taking his discharge in 1920. 

$650

Provenance: Private Collector , originally ex Trade Me.




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A modern medal set comprising of Nato Former Yugoslavia Medal, Jubilee Medals for 2002 and 2012 and the Army LSGC

The last medal laser engraved S SGT RAMC.
The London Gazette confirms the LSGC medal was awarded 2012. 

Provenance: dealer , Southampton, UK 2018
$350
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A MODERN MULTI CAMPAIGN SET TO THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

Nato Former Yugoslavia, Nato Kosovo, Op Telic Iraq Medal correctly laser named GNR RA, UN Cyprus Medal and 2012 Jubilee Medal. The medals mounted as worn. The Jubilee Medal tacked on the older mounting. I suspect that the recipient has discharged from the services and joined a uniformed service which qualified for the Jubilee Medal such as the Police or Prison Service. A nice set representing a decent number of deployments.

Provenance: sold to a dealer in Southampton, UK by the recipient and purchased by us from them in Feb 2018

$800












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AN UNUSUAL BOER WAR AND WW1 SET TO AN OFFICER MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES DURING WW1.

QSA correctly named in sloping letters but re-named or corrected. KSA named the same way and also corrected. 2/LIEUT E JECKS IMP YEO. 1914-15 trio CAPT ASC on Star and Major on the pair. The medals mounted as worn by the recipient.

I wouldnt write the Boer War Medals off as being defective as despite being re-engraved it was clearly done at the time and the style is exactly sa normally encountered on officers medals. Its likely because of a spelling error made at the time as oppossed to any concerning reason. (perhaps named JACKS)

Very fine.

M.I.D. London Gazette 1 January 1916.

Ethelbert Jecks served with the 13th Battalion, Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps, before being commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Yeomanry on 13 April 1901. He resigned his Commission on 7 August 1901 before subsequently joining the 21st (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment as Second Lieutenant on 30 March 1909. He resigned his Commission on 23 October 1912. Following the outbreak of the Great War he was commissioned temporary Second Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps on 7 October 1914, and was promoted temporary Captain on 18 December 1914. Advanced to acting Major on 12 May 1917. He relinquished his Commission and was granted the rank of Major on 6 February 1920.He moved to the Gold Coast of Africa after the war.

Provenance DNW to private collector in NZ, purchased from that collector via Trade Me

$850













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A NZ Volunteer Service Medal to the Auckland Regiment 

Correctly named by Bock to 3/1618 PVT R LUKE 3RD AUCK REG (COUNTESS OF RANFURLY'S) OWN (1911).

A bit of loss of beeswax filling to naming at 4 o'clock due to small edge knock or rubbing.

A great medal. The number isnt a WW1 number. Probably his full entitlement
$400




























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A good early Palmerston North related double LSGC Volunteers set with a prize medal

Volunteer Force Medal named No 207 COL SERGT WM PARKES PALMERSTON NTH RIFLE VOLS (1905)
NZ Long and Efficient Service Medal similarly named but dated 1901.
Prize Medal for PNRV named as Sergt.

$750

Provenance, Family to Private collection Auckland, to private collector Auckland, to us.














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TUNNELLERS MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL GROUPING

1914-15 trio to RE. Meritorious Service Medal GVR named 136058 SAPR -A.SJT : W HOMER . 183/TLG : Coy R.E.

A rare medal to a Tunneller. Many of their bravery awards were not in the face of the enemy so the MSM was often awarded instead.

$2,750.00

Provenance, Trade Me purchase for my private collection about 15 years ago.
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A SCARCE COLONIAL AUX FORCES LSGC TO A NZ OFFICER
Impressed
CAPT A Henderson MD NZMC

A nice medal to a Doctor. On a pin suggesting it may be full entitlment. RARE to New Zealanders.

Dr Albert Henderson JP, MB Mast. Surg. 1894, MD 1902, Univ. Aberdeen
Medal awarded 1922 (GO 52/1922)

Registered as Dr in NZ, 27 April 1908
Appt Public Vaccinator Te Awamutu 18 June 1908
1910 Resident Te Awamutu
Commissioned Capt, NZMC, 22 July 1910.
Appt JP 25 February 1914, Te Awamutu
Appointed Education Department, Medical Inspector of Schools, Hamilton
8 Dec 1919.
Retired, under the provisions of para 127, General Regulations 1913 on
5 April 1921 as Capt, NZMC.
1933 Resident 6 King's Avenue, Mount Eden, Auckland.
Died ~ 1947, Auckland.
$675

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AFGHAN AND NORTHERN IRELAND MEDALS TO THE ROYAL ANGLIANS

The regiments tour of Afghanistan the subject of a documentary series - the DVD of which is included.

$1200

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AN INTERESTING SET TO AN OFFICER, DENTIST, POLITICIAN AND ARTIST.

Served WW1 in the NZ Medical Corps as a dentist. 

Full WW1 entitlement as his service was UK based. The BEM scarce to NZers as is the Coronation Medal. His full set, mounted as worn.

$800


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THE MEDALS TO PRINCESS MARGARETS CHAUFFER

RVM and 2002 Jubilee Medal with certificates and a folder of related documents. Both medals un-named as issued. He returned his medals following the death of Princes Margaret but later had them returned to him. There are a number of newspaper clippings with the medals and it seems he fell out with the Royals after the Princess's death. As with Paul Burrell it seems various accusations had been made about his retention of cards etc. After Princess Dianas death he too had been tasked with the burning of a lot of her effects and letters.

$2000