Replacement medals questions...March 19 2010 at 8:11 PM
My wife and I just received a set of replacements from Veterans Affairs Canada for the medals awarded to her grandfather for his service during WW2. The replacement medals are slightly different from the various "originals" I have as part of my militaria collection. I am guessing that the replacement medals are of more recent manufacture.
Here are my questions:
Where do the replacement medals come from? They are clearly not 60+ year old originals. Are they made in batches by the Royal Mint for Veterans Affairs? Or are they the same inexpensive "copies" that you see for sale from various dealers, on ebay, etc?
The reason I ask is that I am putting together a memorial display for my wife's grandfather which will become a family heirloom for future generations. I want the display to be as meaningful and legit as possible. I could easily have pieced together a set of "original" campaign medals that duplicated those he was awarded. However, I felt that these medals were not and would never be "his". I felt that the replacement medals are officially "his" as they have been awarded to his name by Veterans Affairs, just as his originals were. They have never belonged to anyone else.
What do you guys think? I don't want to detract from the display by using cheap copies. The replacement medals by Veterans Affairs aren't just "cheap copies" (like the ones found on ebay), are they? Do you agree with me that they would be the best option for the display (rather than a pieced together set of originals that may have belonged to other vets)?