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Collecting Medals and Decorations: The Medal Collector's Handbook [Paperback]

Alec A. Purves
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  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: J.B.Hayward & Son; 4th Revised edition edition (July 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903754991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903754996
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In addition to providing a comprehensive and illustrated description of medals and why they were issued (which information is also available in other publications), this book also sets out to provide a lot of additional information of value to the novice and more advanced collector. This extra material covers the work of fakers, forgeries, die varieties, re-strikes, assessing the state of preservation etc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!! 23 July 2008
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I have for quite a long time now, collected Orders of Chivalry and of Merit. And at first, found the subject difficult to get into. Especially not being able to get hold of books with the apropriate information I required.
Well, this book, should be on top of any persons book list, that has an interest in the field of collecting medals/Orders. All though, the author, states in the book, that the subject is as wide as the sky. And quite immpossible to cover in a single book, he gives in this book, all of the "ground work" that is so important to the collector at the begining of their collecting. From, what to look out for in a medal, condition, named medals, correct suspension, and very importantly, how to notice a genuine medal from a copy/fake!
The book also explains the best way to keep your medals in the best condition, and he even shows how to build your own medal cabinet. He even explains the pros and cons of selling your unwanted medals (Although internet auction sites were not arround when written)
Put simply, this book is a brilliant read quite 'unputdownable' a must for all interested in the collecting of medals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 14 Oct 2014
Not enough illustrations but useful information.
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