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Collecting WW2 Medals, Awards & Badges

A lot of people prefer to keep a specific set of military medals or awards. One of the most sought-after options is the medals of during the Second World War (WW2). The reasons for this vary. A lot of people have relatives who fought during the conflict. Some appreciate the stories of heroic acts that are that are behind these medals. However many World War II medals are made in large quantities making them much easy to locate to find today. If you’re planning to start a WW2 badges and awards collection, we’ve collected some details that could prove handy.

What are the most sought-after World War II Campaign Awards?

There are a variety of Medals of during the World War II period that are very popular with collectors. For those who are new to collecting, campaign medals are preferred due to their higher numbers. The most well-known British WW2 medals include the 1939-1945 Star as well as the Atlantic Star, and the Defence Medal. The United States, the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal as well as other medals. Other collectible allied medals include the Russian/USSR medal to commemorate the Capture of Berlin, Medal for the Defence of Leningrad as well as the French 1939-1945 Commemorative war medal. Medals like that of the 1939-1945 Star and the War Medal were issued to many servicemen and are not incredibly valued in terms of price. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not sought-after. Because of their price and higher number of collectors, they’re an ideal starting point for any collector who is just starting out.

Campaign Medals of the Allies

The Popular Collections British Campaign Stars

The British Government was able to issue eleven campaign medals in recognition of participation in WW2 and nine of them were campaign star. They are a fantastic collection since these medals are quite easy to find.

The British Campaign Stars were issued between 1939 and 1945, and were awarded to those who participated in the conflict. For instance The Air Crew Europe Star was given after two years of flying in operational conditions. Its Arctic Star commemorates the Arctic convoys that traveled to northern Russia. In the Burma Star was awarded for an entire day or more of operational duty during the Burma campaign. The France as well as the Germany Star was awarded for operations in France and Germany. Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg or Germany between D-Day and the surrender of Germany.

German Medals & Militaria Collections

German awards (from during the Interwar as well as the WW2 period) tend to be more costly and harder to find in comparison to American, French, or British medals. The cost is higher for German World War II medals could range between $30 and $200,000 subject to the condition and importance of the person who owned the medal at first. Contrary to the perceptions of non-collectors that the people who purchase these items include museums, university professors and those who wish to save this type of artifact for future generations and learn from it. One thing to bear in mind when deciding to acquire German award and medals is that there is numerous reproductions as well as fake emblems.