Collecting WW2 Gallantry and Campaign Medals Hints and Tips

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by Drew5233, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    A Hancock's & Co. official VC specimen medal has sold today 15/10/2020) at the auction house DNW for £24,000. The specimen is thought to have been struck some time between 1940 and 1950. The pre-sale estimate was £3000-4000.

    Probably someone with a little too much spare cash, but not nearly enough for a real one!
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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

  3. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    At £20,000 over the estimate it must have been really in demand by at least two different collectors.
    This years Nobel for economics went for work on auction theory - I wonder what it says about such a discrepancy between the reserve and actual sale?
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I suppose it being a specimen and in essence, a real VC but not actually issued to anyone, it is as near as you get to owning the real thing. It comes in a presentation case, but has the word 'specimen' written on the reverse.

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  5. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    I remember my Grandfather had a collection of medal dealers catalogues (from the 1980s) and one had a VC in it to William Allison White for the princely sum of ..............£5,000 . There were no takers because it appeared in several quarterly issues .

    T William Allison White, M.G. Corps.

    For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack.

    When the advance of the infantry was being delayed by an enemy machine gun, he rushed the gun position single-handed, shot the three gunners, and captured the gun. Later, in similar circumstances, he attacked a gun accompanied by two men, but both of the latter were immediately shot down. He went on alone to the gun position and bayoneted or shot the team of five men and captured the gun. On a third occasion, when the advance was held up by hostile fire from an enemy position, he collected a small party and rushed the position, inflicting heavy losses on the garrison.

    Subsequently, in consolidating the position by the skilful use of captured enemy and his own machine guns, he inflicted severe casualties on the enemy. His example of fearless and unhesitating devotion to duty under circumstances of great personal danger greatly inspired the neighbouring troops, and his action had a marked effect on the operations.

    Re-united with his other medals it was later bought by the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Buckland, Dix & Wood, London, 1993. (Now DNW)


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