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StirlingSteve

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Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« on: September 21, 2019, 07:15:05 PM »
Found this today in a field near Peebles. It's pretty heavy and looks bigger than an old penny. Looks like a token of some sort to me. Statue in middle with 4 people round the bottom. Can't make out any of the writing but I think there is some. Anyone have any ideas? Ta!
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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2019, 08:40:40 PM »
if you look closely it looks likely there is a hole just right of the head .it could be a medallion of some sort .or a medal,

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 09:50:14 PM »
Nope, no hole I'm afraid. Have had a closer look and I think there are laurel leaves up the sides. Also the back has some text, looks like "THE SOMME" to me or possibly summer or Scottish... very intriguing item!

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2019, 10:28:17 PM »
I'm pretty sure it says THE SOCIETY. Also at the bottom there appears to be crossed thistle heads. There also appears to be an M under THE .

Is there, on the top edge, the remains of a metal loop for a ribbon?
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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2019, 10:36:51 PM »
Oh yes, that could indeed be what it says. How odd! I wonder what it's purpose was...

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2019, 10:41:48 PM »
The figure on the front looks like Justice holding up her scales,  with her sword hand lowered; standing on a fancy pedestal.  It might be a society medallion of merit or membership?

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2019, 10:46:13 PM »
Yes can see the M too, very clear. No sign of any loop for a ribbon but at 27g it's certainly medal weight! It's 40mm wide and 3mm thick by the way. I like the idea of it being a token of merit but which society I wonder.

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2019, 12:29:33 PM »
Also, towards the top, curving round, is a word or words beginning PR, with TC or IC towards the end. PRESENTED TO maybe?

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2019, 12:33:39 PM »
Found it!

https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinView.aspx?sc=279662

It's a bronze medal for small bore marksmanship in the Bell trophy, issued between 1909 and 1939 by what was then known as the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs and what is now the National Small-bore Rifle Association. Cool!

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2019, 12:39:00 PM »
Good eye! If you saw that on the same side as 'Society' then it's 'Presented by' according to the pic on the interwebs.

Makes me wonder who won it and how it came to be lost in a field.

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 01:10:02 PM »
Great internet detecting! Well found!

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2019, 01:14:22 PM »
Cheers, can't take the credit though, it was my pal Malc who found it :)

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Re: Ooo so what the flip is one of these???
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2019, 06:31:42 PM »
Interesting find.  My father won a medal for small bore rifle shooting and it is my regret that many years ago when I was starting my hobby of collecting antique percussion and flintlock pistols and muskets that I sold his medal to help fund my first gun.  Not quite the same as this one but it brings back memories just the same.
Howard.