Furryfrog02 Posted July 21, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted July 21, 2022 I was surfing ebay the other night as one is wont to do when the kids are asleep....and I came across this absolutely beautiful medal. The seller had it listed as a bronze French shooting medal. No diameter or weight were listed and the pictures were a bit fuzzy. I did a quick google search and found it on numista . Everything looked good so I watched for a bit and then when nobody had bid, I tossed the opening bid just to see what happened. Much to my surprise, I won. I happily paid and the next morning the seller sent me a message letting me know they would get it in the mail as soon as possible (Great customer service!). Well, the medal arrived yesterday but I was busy helping one of FFIVN's best friend's family pack so they can move to Ohio today 😞 and then taking him to Boy Scouts in the evening. We didn't get home until almost 10pm and I didn't have time to look at the medal in detail. I decided to bring it to work with me just to admire while I sat at my desk. While I was looking at it, I looked around the edge to see if I could find the "BRONZE" marking. To my surprise, I found it but it didn't look like "BRONZE" to me. I had to wait until after work to get home and check it out. I was very surprised when I took a picture and zoomed in and saw "2 ARGENT". Weird because in my cursory search, I found a silver shooting medal but it had a different reverse design and specifically said "ARGENT" on the edge. A little more searching and I found a 2 more websites in French that showed my medal with the "2 ARGENT" on the edge. It matched the specs as well: 50mm diameter and 64g weight. The metal type was listed as "Argent Vermeil". ANOTHER google search later told me that it was gilt silver. Holy crap! I got a silver medal for $7! I haven't been able to find out a date that these were made/given out beyond possibly 1899-1940. Does anyone know anything about these? Perhaps @Qcumbor? 😉 If it were your medal, what would you do with it? Leave it in its blackend/toned state or dip it in acetone? Would the acetone affect the gold gilt underneath? Lastly, feel free to add any French medals or whatever else suits your fancy. Thanks for looking! 17 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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