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Medal, medallion
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1. Concept and origins

The medal or medallation (German Medaille; French médaille; from Middle Latin medallia, “small coin”) is a special form of relief sculpture, generally round and double-sided and usually referring to specific persons or events. Despite their resemblance to coins, medals are not used as a medium of exchange in the strict sense.

The first examples of early mod…

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Fried, Torsten, “Medal, medallion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023826>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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