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23 November 2023, 12:24

Faleristics: Features of collecting badges, medals, orders

Faleristics: Features of collecting badges, medals, orders
Faleristics is a fascinating study and collecting of badges, medals, insignia and other attributes associated with awards and symbols. This is a unique area of ​​collecting that attracts people from all over the world, uniting them with a common interest in history, warfare, culture and art.
Badge of the Military Departments of the Nationalists 1939 (V.V.N.)
Badge of the Military Departments of the Nationalists 1939 (V.V.N.)
The name of this industry has ancient roots, going back to the Greek word "φάλαρα" - a metal plaque that combines the function of decoration and reward. 
Ukrainian Football Cup Finalist Medal
Ukrainian Football Cup Finalist Medal
Over time, the form and materials of awards have changed, and their use has become diverse. Faleras were used as awards for military exploits, as well as to designate types of troops or units. A whole science has emerged that classifies these insignia. The number of connoisseurs and collectors grew every day, creating a rich cultural layer.

Sections of faleristics:

  • Military Awards: Medals and orders issued in memory of military events occupy an honorable place in the world of faleristics. They include orders, insignia, and medals symbolizing military exploits and veterans' anniversaries.
The photo shows awards from around the world.
The photo shows awards from around the world.
The photo shows awards from around the world. The photo shows awards from around the world.
  • Table Medals: These medals are created in memory of important events in the life of the state. They can reflect the anniversaries of scientists, military victories or other significant events. The variety of topics and reasons for issuing such medals is amazing.
Badge of the Odessa Military School
Badge of the Odessa Military School
Badge of the Odessa Military School Badge of the Odessa Military School
  • Badges: Period 1920 - 1999 brought a special section to faleristics - badges. Since the 70s, mass production of badges began, representing sports achievements, scientific discoveries and many other aspects of public life. Nowadays, although interest in badges has faded, they remain evidence of the era.
During the Soviet period, faleristics was equated with crime, and collectors had to overcome difficulties. Prohibitions on collecting existing awards and individual Soviet badges remained in force. Despite the restrictions, the falerists found ways to continue their activities while facing the distrust of the authorities.
Order of Petro Konashevich Sahaidachny.
Order of Petro Konashevich Sahaidachny.
Nowadays, faleristics has become a legal activity, and the restrictions of the past no longer haunt collectors. However, you should avoid collecting bounties from enemy states to avoid problems with the criminal code.
Purchasing lots from the Faleristics section on Violity provides a unique opportunity to enrich your collection and experience the history in each metal insignia.


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