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Fabricated.  A medallic item of two or more parts, made separately but joined together to form a completed item. The major component to which other parts are added is called the BASE MEDAL; the added components can be any of the following: applique, center emblem, inlay, insert, gemstone, frame, surround, or such. Certain kinds of loops are fabricated to the base medal. Solder, glue, epoxy adhesive are all used to attach components permanently, with solder the most common for attaching two metal parts.

The sequence of manufacture is important with fabricated items; these are accomplished in the following order: (1) all components including the base medal would be fully struck up, (2) all steps in the pressroom completed including trimming, (3) metal parts to be joined would be soldered, (4) any enamelling would be done next, each color laid in and fired, (5) plating as gold or silverplating would be applied next (it does not adhere to enamel), (6) any other finishing step, as dry and lacquer, and finally, (7) assembly of chains and drops, ribbon drapes or such. After inspection the completed pieces are packaged.

Fabricated pieces differ from multipart medals in that fabricated items have all parts attached; multipart medals have two or more parts but they lie loosely together often in an intricate way like a puzzle.  See multipart medal.

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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