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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 NZ wide.
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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 GAIETA 24 JULY 1815

Correctly named John Smith. Roll confirms that he was an Able Seaman on HMS Malta. 
Ex Whalley Collection 1877. Sole man of this name for this rare clasp of which 89 were awarded.

SOLD


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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1792-1840 BASQUE ROADS 1809

Correctly named John Matthews. Nice older toning. 551 clasps awarded. On roll as Landsman HMS Unicorn. Unique name on roll for this clasp.

SOLD

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A WW2 AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL TO A RAAF MAN KILLED WHEN HIS BOMBER CRASHED IN VICTORIA ON 8 DECEMBER 1944

Single Australia Service Medal impressed 42451 J P WARREN. Killed 8 December 1944 in Beaufort A9-432 whilst serving with 100 Squadron RAAF / 2 Airfield Construction Squadron. Tragically, having survived the Pacific campaign, he was a father of 5 young children and was days away from his discharge. His full file and inquest is available online at naa.




SEVEN KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH
MELBOURNE, Monday.— Seven R.A.A.F. men, all Victorians,were killed when a bomber crashed four miles north-west of Bairnsdale aerodrome on Friday afternoon,They were: Flying-Officer RobertMurray Buchanan, of Woodglen; Flying-Officer Kenneth James Hovenden of Bendigo; Flight-Sergeant Walter James Ellen, of Myrtleford: Flight Sergeant Robert Thomas Thompson,of Coburg; Flight-Sergeant Colin Arthur Lee Haslam, of Cohuna; Corporal James Popple Warren, of Thorn-bury: and L.A.C. Edward Gilbert Willett, of Montmorency.

Provenance Private Collection.

$350
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AN INTERESTING RN LSGC TO A WW2 SENIOR NCO WHOSE MEDAL WAS ISSUED, REMOVED, THEN REISSUED

GVIR issue impressed JX131986 D G CAMERON PO HMS MAYINA (edge bruise on number)

Donald Gallie Cameron was born in 1911 and stated he was a Boy Labourer when he enlisted in the RN in 1929 and served on the St Vincent. During WW2 he served on the battleship HMS Howe, which served in the Arctic, Italy and in the naval bombardment at Okinawa in the Pacific campaign. His medal entitlement seems to be 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star , possibly Arctic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, LSGC
 
The roll shows the medal was issued to him in 1946 but then as he had been promoted to a naval warrant rank he was deemed no longer entitled and the medal claimed back. The medal was later returned to him in 1951. Interestingly the "ship" Mayina is an inland jungle base in Ceylon.




HMS Howe at Auckland in 1945

Provenance Private Collection

$250
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ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE LSGC

EDVII issue impressed M249 D HENERTY SEAn 2 CL RNR
Awarded 1910 , with copy roll entry

Provenance Private Collection

$220
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A RARE NAVY LSGC MEDAL TO A MEMBER OF THE CREW OF HMS NEW ZEALAND AND HMS ZEALANDIA WHO WAS BADLY BURNED

GVR issue correctly named 184657 W T FOX PO 1CL HMS ZEALANDIA

Part of a larger group of medals at some stage including Boer War or China, WW1 trio and silver war badge. William Thomas Fox was born in 1880 and enlisted in the RN in 1899. At the outbreak of WW1 he was serving on HMS New Zealand (later Zealandia) . His file shows that he was invalided due to burns to his upper extremities, head and neck.

With service record.

Provenance. Private Collection, Auckland

$300
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A KOREA MEDAL TO THE ROYAL ARTILLERY

Correctly impressed 1431520 GNR J DOCHERTY RA

Provenance. Auction, Auction 2020

$250
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AN INTERESTING NZ WW1 TRIO TO A MOUNTED RIFLES OFFICER WHO SERVED AT GALLIPOLI AND ON THE WESTERN FRONT WHERE HE LOST A LEG



The medals correctly impressed 9/462 LIEUT W BELL NZEF

William Bell, a contractor from Morton was born in 1886. He enlisted in the Otago Mounted Rifles in August 1914 and was a Main Body embarkation for Gallipoli. He landed at Gallipoli and also later served in Egypt with the 2nd ANZAC Mounted Rgt. In 1917 and 1918 he served in France and Belgium, which would have been to his advantage as his family still lived in Scotland. While there he was married in Glasgow in March 1918.

He was badly wounded on or about 23-30 April 1918. His file states he sustained a severe gun shot wound to his left arm, a severe gun shot wound to the head and a fracture to his femur - from a gun shot wound. The leg was amputated in 1919. The recently published history of the Otago Mounted Rifles states that the men were defending Hill 44. On the morning of 29 April they were heavily shelled with gas and high explosives for 7 hours followed by an infantry attach and heavy machine gun and sniper fire. Lt Bell was probably machine-gunned.

He returned to New Zealand and died in 1960.

Provenance: Private New Zealand Collection

SOLD

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A COMPLETE WW1 TRIO AND MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO WELLINGTON INFANTRY

Trio impressed 10/3417 PTE W T TRYR NZEF. Plaque named William Thomas Tryr and in its folder of issued.

William Tryr was born in 1876 and was working as a farmer in Paeroa when he enlisted in August 1915. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment in Western Europe and returned home in 1918 having been deemed to be no longer fit for service due to asthma and bronchitis.He died in New Zealand 24 December 1919. His death was deemed to be as a result of war service. He is buried in Christchurch.

Provenance , Private Collection NZ 

$850

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AN HISTORIC 1914 STAR AND BAR SET TO ANSON BATN RN DIVISION

1914 trio all correctly named together with ribbon bar also including the prototype citation.

The trio are all correctly named and the Star is in the correct early type and named ANSON BATN. The recipient was C 1/2453 D McAlpine AB RNVR. The clasp detached but with signs of old thread attaching it to the ribbon.

Duncan McAlpine was born in March 1895. He was a Shipwright Apprentice when he enlisted in the RNVR in September 1913. He first served on Achilles and was then in the Royal Naval Division (Anson Btn) from June to October 1914. Thereafter he served on Victory, Virginian, Excellent and President. He was demobilised in March 1919.

The roll for the 1914 Star to the RN Divisions confirms the issue of the clasp to him on 8 June 1921. Medals to Anson are the rarest to the RN Division, with just 438. 

Provenance: H Mitchell , NZ dealer 2020

$1100


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A GOOD YEOMANRY CASUALTY SET FOR OPERATIONS NEAR DELVILLE WOOD

WW1 pair named 3038 PTE H PIERCE SUSSEX YEO

Henry Pierce served in the Sussex Yeomanry as part of Cavalry Div, attached to the Sussex Regt which was undertaking operations near Delville Wood when he was killed on 30 August 1916.

All medals correct, and his full entitlement. Name on back of photo. A very good investment

$750

Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020
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A SCARCE WW1 RFC / RAF CASUALTY SET OF MEDALS

The WW1 pair is named correctly to 38401 AM1 F HIRST RAF and the plaque FRANK HIRST

These were found by me in America recently. The set comes with the rare scroll named to him with ROYAL AIR FORCE in blue. In 30 years of collecting medals this is the first WW1 RAF scroll I have owned. Also included are two images of him, one in uniform wearing the ROYAL FLYING CORPS maternity jacket showing RFC insignia.

I have added a couple of badges which may or may not be genuine.

I have done some very basic research and have found that his mother received a pension following his death

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HIRST, FRANK. Air Mechanic 1st Class. No 38401. H.Q. (France) Royal Air Force. Born Taylor Hill, Huddersfield, 21.5.1897. Son of Edith and the late Willie Hirst, 2 Mellor's Buildings, Stoney Lane, Taylor Hill. Educated Mount Pleasant Council School. Employed as a motor driver by Messrs Kaye and Stewart. Single. Enlisted 20.7.1916. Came home on leave from France and contracted pneumonia on the journey. Died in Royds Hall Military Hospital, 17.2.1919, aged 21 years. Buried LOCKWOOD CEMETERY. Grave location:- A, 462.
ROH:- Emmanuel Church, Lockwood; Taylor Hill Primitive Methodist Church.

$950

Provenance: Dealer in Florida USA 2020

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The WW2 and Korean War Medals to Gordon William Hinde Royal NZ Artillery

1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; New Zealand Service Medal 1939-45; Korea 1950-53, 1st issue (204546 Gnr. G. W. Hinde) medal named right to left; U.N. Korea 1950-54 (204546 Gnr. G. W. Hinde), nearly very fine (7) 

Gordon William Hinde was born in 1925 at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, the son of William Hinde, a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. migrating to New Zealand in March 1950, he served with the Royal New Zealand Artillery. He served in the Korean War with the Royal NZ Artillery and is probably entitled to the appropriate unit citations. He returned to the UK after the Korean War and then sailed back to NZ in 1957. He is believed to have died in New Zealand in 2018.

We can find no entitlement to the NZ WW2 service medal. It may be that he enlisted in the NZ Forces whilst based in the UK. The medals are mounted as worn.

$725

Provenance Private NZ Collection 2020
                    DNW, London 2020
                    DNW, London 2014
                    Spink, London ?
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Somme machine gunner's M.M. group of four awarded to Sergeant R. A. Lyons, 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, who was a Lewis gunner and was twice wounded in action - 19 July 1916 and 13 March 1917

Military Medal, G.V.R. (3345 Sjt. R. A. Lyons. 53/Aust: Inf.); 1914-15 Star (3345 Pte. R. A. Lyons. 2/Bn. A.I.F.); British War and Victory Medals (3345 Sjt R. A. Lyons. 2 Bn. A.I.F.) mounted for display, VM partially officially corrected or with edge bruise to AIF, generally very fine (4) Medals poorly mounted for display and will be remounted if wanted.

M.M. London Gazette 14 May 1919. The original recommendation states:

‘During the operations near Bellicourt from 30th September to 2nd October 1918, this N.C.O. rendered most gallant and valuable service as No. 1 Lewis gunner. During the early stages of the attack he repeatedly rushed forward with his gun to give covering fire to the rest of his Company. He several times went out under heavy machine gun fire to collect magazines from casualties and was thus enabled to keep his gun in action throughout the operation. While a bombing block was being built he went out and took up a position in the open from which he was able to give covering fire and keep the enemy away until the block was complete.’

Reginald Armand Lyons was born in Surrey Hills, Sydney in 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Warwick Farm, New South Wales, 17 August 1915. Lyons embarked for Egypt with the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion in November 1915, and having transferred to the 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion, served in the French theatre of war from 28 June 1916.

Lyons was wounded in action, 19 July 1916, and advanced to Lance Corporal in September 1916. He was wounded again, 13 March 1917, and was awarded the M.M. for his gallantry near Bellicourt on the Somme, 30 September - 2nd October 1918. The Battalion records give heavy hand to hand fighting for the period, with 3 German officers and 31 other ranks taken prisoner, and over 200 German dead counted in the area. Six 77mm field guns and 42 machine guns were also captured. Battalion casualties amounted to 3 officers and 18 other ranks killed in action and 4 officers and 34 other ranks wounded.

Lyons advanced to Sergeant in December 1918, and returned to Australia in April 1919. He was discharged, 18 July 1919.

Provenance:
UK Collection
DNW , London
NZ Collection

$3600












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A Second War 1943 ‘Tunisia’ M.C. group of seven awarded to Lieutenant R. C. E. Cox, Royal Artillery, for displaying ‘courage of a very high order’ whilst acting as a forward Observation Officer in support of an Infantry Brigade near Enfidaville on 29 April 1943

Military Cross, G.VI.R., reverse officially dated ‘1943’, in Royal Mint case of issue in outer card box, with Buckingham Palace forwarding letter; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, 1 clasp, 8th Army; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue, Territorial (Lt. R. C. E. Cox. R.A.) on H.A.C. ribbon and scarce as such, extremely fine (7) 

M.C. London Gazette 19 August 1943.
The Recommendation states: ‘Lieutenant Ronald Charles Edwin Cox, Royal Regiment of Artillery. On the 29 April 1943, near Enfidaville, Lieutenant Cox was acting as forward observation officer in support of the attack by an infantry brigade. Throughout the reorganisation and subsequent counter-attack he displayed courage of a very high order. To obtain observation he had to keep in the forefront of the most advanced infantry localities and throughout the day he was subjected to heavy enemy shelling and mortar fire. At times it was intense but in spite of this, and completely regardless of his own safety, he moved about to better his observation. As a result he was in a position to bring down observed fire on the enemy as they were forming up and advancing to counter-attack. By his action, Lieutenant Cox played a big part in the breaking up of this unsuccessful counter-attack.’

T.E.M. London Gazette 1 April 1949.
Sold with an original copy of the typed citation and a clipping from Herne Bay local newspaper regarding his M.C., suggesting this was his original home town.

Provenance:
UK Collection
DNW , London
NZ Collection

$3700


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A GOOD DOUBLE DECORATION WW2 SET

A Second World War ‘Tunisian campaign’ Immediate M.M. group of six awarded to Gunner Harry Moore, 52nd Field Battery, Royal Artillery; he was later mentioned for gallant and distinguished service in Italy

Military Medal, G.VI.R. (986021 Gnr. H. Moore. R.A.) minor official correction to number; 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, 1 clasp, North Africa 1942-53; Italy Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45, with M.I.D. oak leaf, extremely fine (6) Medals poorly mounted for display and will be remounted at no charge if wanted.

M.M. London Gazette 22 July 1943: ‘For gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.’ The recommendation for an Immediate award states:

‘On 26/27 March, 1943, Gnr Moore was the operator of an 11 set of an F.O.O. party of 52nd Field Bty RA that went forward in support of a platoon of 4/6 Rajputana Rifles to capture Pt 680 (DELHI) in the hills WEST of MEDININE. This involved an all night approach march finishing with a very steep and difficult climb of 1200 feet, during which Gunner Moore was carrying a No. 11 set. Just before first light the party approached the summit, which it found held in force by the enemy. They were forced to withdraw half way down the feature, where they were pinned to the ground by very heavy Mortar and MG fire with the enemy in front and on both flanks, and in addition enemy patrols in the rear.

In spite of the difficult situation, however, Gnr Moore immediately established communication with the battery, which enabled repeated enemy attacks to be engaged and driven off. The enemy mortar and MG fire became so heavy that it was considered necessary to change the position of the OP three times. Gunner Moore only changed his position on definite orders to do so
, as by this time the wireless set was the only means of communication for the whole party, the infantry set having been knocked out, and Gnr Moore was afraid that, if the position was changed, communication might be lost. Gnr Moore, however, regained communication each time, enabling fire to be brought down on the enemy again and again.

Owing to Gnr Moore keeping communication the party was eventually able to withdraw under cover of darkness. Even then Gunner Moore kept his set open to the last possible moment.

His devotion to duty,his cool bearing, and his complete disregard of personal safety under these most difficult conditions, were a continual source of inspiration to all who saw him.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 11 January 1945: ‘For gallant and distinguished services in Italy.’
Harry Moore was a native of Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Sold with original War Office letter forwarding the M.M. and a Post Card photograph of the recipient in uniform.

$3500
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PARACHUTE REGIMENT MEDAL GROUP

A WW2 set with 2 clasp General Service Medal. Issue box and slip for WW2 medals shows the award of France and Germany set. Africa Star and Defence medal not stated but seem probably. Apparent WW2 Parachute Regt service. Certainly worth further research into whether he jumped on D Day.

The GSM comes with letter verifying Palestine clasp and the roll confirms SE Asia clasp with Army Air Corps and Parachute Regt (7 Para). I can’t id him on the Palestine roll. 

The GSM has been officially re-impressed / corrected. Medals to Paras of this period are named AAC. Not faked as SE Asia GSMs available un-named quite easily so a faker would use one of them rather than erasing another medal.


A good set with Para service. Supposed post war SAS service but not able to be verified. I have had this for quite a number of years. 

$1100


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------EGYPT MEDAL 1882 UNDATED TO CASUALTY

Correctly named to 18080 SAPR E C TODD 11TH CO RE
Medal is near mint. He died 25 August 1886. Worthy of further research to see how and where he died. 

$1800



--RARE 1847 DATED MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Sadly the name has been erased from this rare medal, one of 110 awarded. HOWEVER as there was only 110 awarded and some parts of the name are visible it would be possible for a patient collector to identify the recipient of the medal

$1450
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ABYSSINIA MEDAL 1869 TO AN EVENTUAL GENERAL

A rare 1869 Abyssinia Medal named as Asst Surgeon , Bombay Med Dept. On original ribbon and pin and in old case. A rare and important medal. From my private collection and purchased in the UK around 15-20 years ago.
Peter Stephenson Turnbull was born on 2nd March 1836, at Deneburn, Denholm, the fourteenth child of Thomas Turnbull (1784-1867), tenant of East Middle by his second wife, Mary Beattie (1801-1880). He studied at the University of Glasgow between the years 1855-1859, taking classes in Practical Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Botany, Surgery, Materi Medica Pharmacy and Dietetics, Dispensary, Medical Jurisprudence, Pathology, Natural History and Midwifery.
He graduated MD in 1859. He studied at Edinburgh Medical School at sometime in 1859 and 1860 before gaining registration of his Medical qualifications in 1860. He served with the Army in Abyssinia between 1867 and 1868 and assisted in the action of Arogee and assault and capture of Magdala for which he gained a medal.
In 1893 Peter Turnbull became Surgeon Major General of the Indian Medical Service in Bombay, a fellow of the University of Bombay and Surgeon General with the Government of Bombay. He died on 7th October 1921 in Edinburgh and is buried there in Grange Cemetery.
His archives and documents are held by Glasgow University.

$2000

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The historic and unique set of medals to Wing Cdr Baigent DSO, DFC and bar AFC 
complete with his vitally named NZ Defence Service Medal and an impressive archive of paperwork. Logbooks are included however a WW2 one is missing. This is believed to have been misplaced when the medals were on loan to the RNZAF Museum from the 1950s through to around 2015. The archive included is impressive and includes is diary of raids, numerous photos in 2 albums as well as assorted unmounted images, certificates, telegrams etc. This is most certainly a serious collection, worthy of a book as Baigent was the youngest Wing Cdr in WW2 as well as being CO of 75 Squadron.

Offered on behalf of a private collector
SOLD
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A KEY GROUP TO ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS. MONS TRIO AND CLASP NAMED AS SGT MAJOR RFC. WING CDR BRUCE MBE
A well researched historic yet affordable group.

$5500

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Unique NZ Armoured Corps Military Cross set for Vietnam.

The recipient had key service in the NZSAS. His MC for Vietnam is unique and historic as he had taken charge of American tanks after the officers were killed

Offered on behalf of the family 

$60,000 or by negotiation.
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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NZ Fire Service LSGC and bar with UFBA medal to the same recipient. 
$675                                                                                                                                


                                                                                   
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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







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Knights Bachelor neck badge in case. 

Very minor enamel damage but a lovely piece. Sadly no history with this order of knighthood. 
Purchased London 2017

SOLD


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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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NZ Defence Service Medal. named correctly.
Provenance : Trade Me 2018
$250

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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. 
SOLD
Provenance: Private Collector , originally ex Trade Me.

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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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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

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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



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A good modern pair for Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. The regiments tour of Afghanistan the subject of a documentary series - the DVD of which is included.

$1200

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THE MEDALS TO PRINCESS MARGARETS DRIVER AND VALET

Royal Victorian Medal 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