Medal FAQs:


Q: Is a medal derived from the Middle French m├ędaille?

A: Yes, and itself from Italian medaglia, and ultimately from the post-classical Latin medalia, meaning a coin worth half a denarius.

Q: Are medals often mistakenly confused with one another?

A: Yes.

Q: Were medals increasingly produced by rulers or cities for propaganda purposes?

A: Yes.

Q: Are medals the Italian painter Antonio Pisano?

A: Yes, and also known as Pisanello, who modelled and cast a number of portrait medals of princes and scholars in the 1440s.

Q: Were medals extensively used to commemorate events and glorify rulers?

A: Yes.

Q: Were medals not awarded to all combatants in a war or battle until the 19th century?

A: Yes, and when the Waterloo Medal was the first British medal given to all present, at the Battle of Waterloo and all associated actions in 1815.

Q: Is a medal the most prestigious award for art medals in the USA?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a medal inscribed on the reverse?

A: Yes.

Q: Were medals produced commercially for the purpose?

A: Yes, and commemorating persons or events, or just with non-specific suitable sentiments.

Q: Is a medal termed the obverse?

A: Yes, and may contain a portrait, pictorial scene, or other image along with an inscription.

Q: Were medals also collected?

A: Yes, and which continues to the present day.

Q: Are medals considered Militaria?

A: Yes, In the U.S. Military, modern medals are often referred to as challenge coins.

Q: Are medals known as jewels?

A: Yes.

Q: Were medals also set with jewels?

A: Yes, and these may well have been worn on a chain.

Q: Were medals and are made in several different metals?

A: Yes, and either representing awards for different places in a competition, or standards or classes, as with the Olympic medals, or simply different price levels for medals made for sale or donation by the commissioner.

Q: Were medals mostly commissioned for distribution as gifts by rulers or nobles?

A: Yes.

Q: Are medals commonplace?

A: Yes.

Q: Are medals issued for artistic?

A: Yes, and commemoration, or souvenir purposes, not for commerce, and are too large to be plausibly worn.

Q: Were medals not usually intended to be worn?

A: Yes, although they might have been set as pendants on a chain.

Q: Are medals normally worn on more formal occasions and are suspended from a ribbon of the medal's colours on the left breast?

A: Yes, and while a corresponding ribbon bar is to be worn to common events where medals would be inappropriate or impractical to wear.

Q: Were medals made?

A: Yes, and both by rulers for presentation and private enterprise for sale, to commemorate specific events, including military battles and victories, and from this grew the practice of awarding military medals specifically to combatants, though initially only a few of the much higher-ranking officers.

Q: Is a medal awarded for serving in a particular capacity in a particular geographical area and time frame?

A: Yes, In either case, an award or decoration may be presented as a medal.

Q: Are medals still best termed just as medals?

A: Yes.