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First recorded mention of medal[edit]

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I added this, and currently, I am waiting for a reply on where the encyclopedia (from which I obtained this info) obtained this fact. I could not just cite the encyclopedia because the book is copyright. If anyone knows how old Flavius Josephus is, they will obviously know his work is in public domain, as he has been dead for about one thousand, six hundred years. I thought this was worthy of adding to the article, and very appropriate to be put in the clearly lacking in interest and content of an introduction section. --Evan 18:04, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Idioms involving the term medal[edit]

"A.J. Holmes frequently gives out medals as a witty, sarcastic response to other people working hard. Haha, A.J., you are hilarious. We are all laughing. Ethan Kuperberg, on the other hand, enjoys taking credit for things he is supposed to do in his spare time. Thus, he merits the expression, "What do you want, a medal?". Logan Stein might say "I worked so hard I deserve a medal", if he felt that he had worked so hard it deserved some recognition."

I moved the above section from main article. I can't see the encyclopedic value, and its plain "bad" english. I left a small piece on the article, merely because someone took the time to put it there. I can't see the value in being there but others may disagree.Icemotoboy 23:24, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

THE WRONG SYSTEM[edit]

I feel that decorations must have an entry of their own. In the Netherlands and in many other countries there is a great difference between medals, crosses and orders of knighthood. In many countries only officers get the stars and crosses, soldiers get medals. In my view the medals are allways round or oval.

The Victoria Cross is not a medal! Compare this with the George Cross and the George Medal. There is a big difference between the two but I am afraid that it is lost upon Americans who tend to call everything a "medal" whether it is round or not. In my view a cross can never be listed in Wikipedia as a medal.

Robert Prummel (talk) 18:41, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

How were historical medals worn/displayed?[edit]

In looking at a number of the historical images, it's obvious that at least a few did not have any holes in which to thread a ribbon or chain. Were medals always meant to be worn on chains, ribbons, bars etc. or was there some other way that these medals might have been kept long ago? 63.87.189.17 (talk) 13:37, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

I think they were mostly intended to be kept in cabinets, as a collection, but you do see them worn in portaits on chains, 70s "medallion man" style, I think more in the 16th than 15th century. But I'm rather vague on this. They probably took over from livery badges like the Dunstable Swan Jewel. A jeweller could always fit a little strip to hang them from - more likely than a hole, & maybe later dealers have removed some of these. Johnbod (talk) 16:46, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Pewter?![edit]

Where do they give out pewter medals? Tad Lincoln (talk) 03:48, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Anywhere in Europe, & probably the New World etc too. It was a common material in the past anyway; there were more likely to be sold than given away. Johnbod (talk) 13:45, 1 August 2012 (UTC)