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Founding Date

Founding Date.  A date appearing on a medal in which the organization issuing the medallic item was founded, incorporated or instituted. Only in a few rare instances is a medal issued or a medal program created the same year as the founding date; therefore it can be assumed any medal of that organization was issued after that date. Other evidence – as an inscribed date or date on the edge – should be considered as the date of issue. Founding dates are important for the issuing of anniversary medals. See dates and dating.

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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