Tribute Medals

While not a token, check, pass or ticket a further type of paranumismatics represented in this thematic series is the tribute medal. At the end of the Great War many employers, plus town and parish councils, issued commemorative medals of thanks to those of their employees who had directly served in or contributed to essential war work. Like military issue medals, these were suspended from a ribbon and fastened to the recipient’s clothing via a suspension bar and fastening pin. While such tribute medals were typically issued to returning servicemen (or their next of kin is killed in action) at least one British company is known to have issued them specifically to those women who had been employed by them in essential war work.

A copper tribute medal issued to women workers employed at Albright & Wilson Limited’s Oldbury Phosphorous Works