Unofficial. A medal not made or issued by an authorized public agency, in imitation of an official medal. Usually official medals – coronation, inaugural, statehood medals, for example – bear some fund-raising purpose for the sponsoring organization, while unofficial medals do not. Customarily, unofficial medals are made only for very popular medal issues for private gain and with no benefit to the public organization. See official, imitation.
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