Auction of Medals to feature pieces from Falklands, India, and both World Wars

It's just over a week until Baldwin's sale of "British and Ancient Coins."

And while many collectors will be attendance due to the rare coinage from regions like Cyprus and Russia, arguably the biggest draw of the event will be the collection of medals and militaria on offer.

After all, the sale is set to feature a range of rare military pieces.

None more so that the most distinguished order of St Michael and St George which comes to the sale with a target price of £4,000 - 5,000 ($6,240 - 7,800).

This Knight's Grand cross collar chain, made from segments of alternating lions of England is an order of chivalry which dates back to April 1818.

the distinguished order of
St Michael and St George

Including Maltese crosses and the ciphers SM and SG in silver gilt enamel, the piece culminates in a seven pointed star bearing the images of St Michael and St George.

Another highly valuable rarity is the Sudan "Omdurman Charge" Pair awarded to Private William Etherington of the "B" squadron of the 21st Lancers.

These medals relate to the famous Battle of Omdurman which took place in September 1898 and saw a British army defeat the self proclaimed leader of Sudan, Abdullah al Taashi.

This lot features the 1896-98 Queen's Sudan Medal along with a single Khartoum clasp Khedive's Sudan medal from 1896.

This unique pairing comes to auction with a valuation of £3,500 - 4,000 ($5,460 -6,240).

Elsewhere, an extremely fine Order of the Nile, Egypt's highest state honour, which was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Norman Seddon-Brown comes to auction with a target price of £1,500 - 2,000 ($2,240 - 3,120).

This award was issued in person by King Fuad I of Egypt and the lot features the Order of the Nile, 3rd class, along with a Commander's neck badge, lapel rosette and silver-gilt enamels.

The auction will also feature a group of nine medals awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel N.M.P. Dotivala of the Indian Medical Service. The collection comprises of a Military Cross, George V, British War and Victory medals.

the Order of The Nile

There is also an India General Service Medal 1908-1935 featuring Afghanistan, Waziristan and Mahsud clasps along with a General Service medal from 1918-1962.

Furthermore, the collection also features a single Iraq , George V medal and a 1939-45 war medal, another India Service medal, a 1935 Jubilee medal and finally a 1937 Coronation medal.

This diverse collection is currently valued at £1,500 - 2,000 ($2,240 - 3,120).

In addition to these lots, the sale will also feature a group of Great War Western Front medals awarded to Lieutenant Noel. M Barclay, of the Royal Engineers and also the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

This group consists of a Military Cross, George V, British War and Victory medals and is presented in an extremely fine condition. They carry a target price of £1,400 - 1,800 ($2,180 - 2,800).

Finally, a scare Falkland Island Campaign "Ghurkha" group of four medals awarded to Sergeant Birbahadur Limbu of the 7th Ghurkha Rifles could be the find of the sale.

The collection features Brunei Ghurkha Guard Service, Sultan's Silver Jubilee, 1982 South Atlantic and an Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medals.

With a pre-sale estimated price of £1400-1800 ($2,180 - 2,800), this piece could offer the best entry level investment for collectors both old and new.

The auction is set for Wednesday, September 29 and is not one to miss.



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