Medals form class of para-numismatic
artifacts. The Empire, Authorities and Organizations awarded them
to the persons in recognition of their skill, service and achievements.
Now a day, medal collection has become a favorite subject of collection
In good old days, along with Ilquabs (Designations) lands,
wealth and properties were given to the faithful servants
for their loyalty and service to the Raj. But gradually,
the concept of honouring was changed. A practice of Symbolic
recognition came into existence. And thus lately, practice
of giving orders, decorations and medals, as mark of approval,
came into force. In this section of medals, major divisions
of medals of India are focused.
In IPS (Indian Princely States) Medals, decorations, orders
and medals issued by Indian Princely States are described.
They were issued either to recognize the learning, benevolence
or services to the people, State or the King or to commemorate
the Accession, Jubilees or Victories of the Rulers.
In British India Historical
Medals, those commemorative and historical medals, including
prize medals, whether awarded or unawarded, which have British
Indian subjects are included. Some Parsee medals and medals
of British personalities, who will be remembered in India
for their contribution, are also included.
In British India Military medals, Campaign
medals, Long Service and Good Conduct medals and Jubilee and
Coronation medals of British India are included.
In Modern Commemorative medals, medals issued after
1947 are included. They are divided in three categories as under:
- Medals to commemorate Anniversary and Jubilee
- Medals of Awards and Prizes
- Medals to commemorate Occasions and Celebrations
In Modern Sports Medals also, the medals issued after 1947 are
shown. They are also presented in three divisions as under:
- Sports medals of Association and Meet
- Sports medals issued by Government, Semi-Government and National
- Sports medals issued by Schools and Colleges
In Modern India Government Medals, some campaign
medals and medals for services given by the Indian Government are
In Miniature Medals, medals issued by Indian Princely
States and British India are shown. Though these medals are small
versions of regular medals and decorations, they are shown here
separately as collecting Miniature medals has become an independent
subject by itself.
In Masonic medals, an effort is made to put medals
of different Indian Masonic Lodges.
In category of Miscellaneous medals, all other
medals, which do not get into any of the above mentioned slots,