Base Medal. A fully struck up medal upon which another process is yet to be performed, as a medal upon which a jewel, inlay, insert or appliqué is to be applied; the principal component of a fabricated medal. A base medal differs from a raw medal (which is completely struck up and ready for processing in the finishing department) in that the base medal is often – but not always – already oxidized and buffed before the additional process are performed.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor