Drop. A small medallic item which hangs from a header or suspender on a badge, ribbon or decoration. A drop – usually a medalet – is a supplemental item and subordinate to the theme of the medallic item. An example might indicate a smaller group to a larger class; as the delegates from one state to a national convention. See suspension.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor