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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 34

WHERE (AND HOW) THE PUBLIC KEEPS RARE INHERITED MEDALS

Dick Johnson writes: "I wasn’t surprised at the item in last week’s
E-Sylum of the New Zealand woman who placed a rare gold medal in her
button jar. Inherited from her brother, he won the medal for football,
but she was obviously unaware of its value.

I had the chore once, of informing a gentleman of the value of a
valuable Panama Canal Worker’s Medal with one bar (bestowed for six
year’s work constructing the canal early in the 20th century).
Inherited from his uncle, he placed the medal in his fishing tackle
box, along with fish hooks and lures! Needless to say it became
pretty well nicked and scarred after twenty years or so in that
tackle box tray.

As diplomatically as I could I had to tell him: "You put a $500
medal in your tackle box and took a $50 medal out to show me."

Almost every "Antiques Roadshow" program some owner seems to brag
about how he mistreated some inherited item. Kinda makes you want
to dispose of everything before you die, doesn’t it? Let your
stupid relatives blow the money instead of ruining your prized
collectibles."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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