Table Medal. A medal not intended to be worn, as is a decoration, pin or badge, and therefore "lie on the table." Table medals, obviously, do not have loops for suspension or any device for attaching to a garment. By extension a table medal could be any medal, awarded or not, that has no suspension and cannot be worn (this could include many kinds of medals – historical, commemorative, commercial, even art medals – so table medal is not a precise term).
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor