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Where to Start When Collecting WW2 Badges and Medals

Many individuals choose to keep a specific set of military medals or awards. The most well-known choice is the medals of those of the Second World War (WW2). The motives for each vary. There are many relatives of those who served during the conflict. Many appreciate the stories of heroic acts that are that are behind these medals. In any case many World War II medals are made in large quantities and are therefore easy to locate to find today. If you’re planning to start an WW2 medals and award collection, we’ve collected some details that could be handy.

What are the most popular WWII Campaign Medals?

There are many WW2 badges and medals that are very popular with collectors. For those who are just beginning collecting, campaign medals are the best choice due to their higher numbers. The most sought-after British WW2 medals include the 1939-1945 Star and 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 and many more. Other medals that are collectible from the allied side include the Russian/USSR medal in commemoration of the Capture of Berlin, Medal for the Defence of Leningrad or the French 1939-1945 Commemorative war medal. The majority of medals like that of the 1939-1945 Star and the War Medal were issued to the vast majority of soldiers and therefore aren’t particularly worth their weight in terms of value. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not sought-after. Due to their low cost and greater number of collectors, they’re the ideal place to start for any collector who is just starting out.

Campaign Medals of the Allies

Collects of Popular Interest: British Campaign Stars

The British Government was able to issue eleven campaign medals to commemorate participation in WW2 and nine of them include campaign-stars. The stars are an excellent collection because they are fairly easy to locate.

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. This Arctic Star commemorates the Arctic convoys heading to northern Russia. In the Burma Star was awarded for an entire day or more of operational duty during the Burma campaign. Also, the France along with 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 Medals from Germany (from during the Interwar as well as the WW2 period) tend to be more costly and hard to locate in comparison to American, French, or British medals. The cost is higher for German World War II medals vary between $30 and $200,000 subject to the condition and importance of the person who owned the medal at first. Contrary to what non-collectors think that the people who purchase these items are museum curators, university professors, and those who wish to keep this kind of artifact for future generations and learn from it. The main thing to keep in mind when you decide to acquire German Medals, awards and other items is that there is many reproductions and counterfeit insignia.