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The E-Sylum:  Volume 7, Number 9, February 29, 2004, Article 15

STAMPS PICTURING MEDALS

Regarding our question about medals pictured on U.S. coins,
Joe Boling writes: "The Medal of Honor was on a stamp a few
years ago (in three versions), and the SW Asia Service Medal
appeared on a stamp commemorating Desert Storm. I'm sure
there are others."

Pete Smith writes: "This is in response to your question about
the Purple Heart appearing on a stamp and the question about
any other medals pictured on stamps.

Medal collectors put the Purple Heart in the category of "orders
and decorations" and would not call it a medal.

When I was briefly the editor of the "MCA Advisory," the U.S.
Post Office issued a stamp showing the Nobel Prize medal.
(2001) I used that stamp to mail the next issue of the newsletter.
Perhaps that qualifies as the first usage of a medal stamp to mail
a medallic numismatic publication. The Nobel Prize medal also
appears on several stamps issued by foreign countries."

Steve Carr writes: "There may have been earlier medals on
stamps, but the Congressional Medal of Honor was featured
on a stamp in 1982 or 1983. The stamp featured the CMoH
for the three services (Army, Navy, Air Force)."

Mike Greenspan writes: "Not sure about any others, but I
know the Medal of Honor was depicted on a U.S. 20 stamp
in 1983, and I believe the Hispanic Americans 20 issue of
1984 depicts a Marine, front-and-center, proudly wearing
the MOH."

David Klinger of San Diego writes: "In reference to the question
about military medals on stamps, there are many examples. The
most extensive series I know of is the Soviet medal series shown
at the following web address: Soviet Series

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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