Laudatory Medal. A medallic item issued in honor of a king or prominent person, but for no apparent specific reason. An example is a group of three George III Medals of 1770 (Brown 137-140, who notes they could have been issued for the monarch's tenth anniversary of accession to the throne, but the medals do not so state).
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