While I love silver coins and medals for a variety of reasons, it's certainly not the only metal that medals are made from. In fact, most modern Chinese medals are probably made from compositions of metal which include mostly copper. Please share some of your favorite Chinese medals here but please keep in mind, this thread should contain medals that are not made from silver since there are plenty of other threads here in the forum which highlight mostly or exclusively silver coins and medals. So what other metals are modern Chinese medals made from? Bronze, brass, and copper to name the most common metal compositions. Using bronze to cast ornamental objects and medals goes back a very long time...how long, I don't know exactly but suffice to say, way, way, way back. Why bronze? Because it's composition makes it extremely durable and hard when cooled after it's molten state. Bronze also holds detail extremely well (even better than silver), even the finest details can be cast or pressed into bronze. Brass also has very similar properties and sometimes the main alloys of each (tin for bronze and zinc for brass) can be found in the other metal composition (zinc in bronze and tin in brass). Some medal aficionados actually prefer bronze and brass medals over silver because of these qualities. Also, "Unlike coins, a medal has no intrinsic monetary value; its worth is dependent upon its artistic quality, historical importance, age, rarity, condition, size, and metallic composition." "Bronze: an alloy consisting principally of copper with smaller amounts of tin, and sometimes low levels of zinc, phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, silicon, lead or arsenic; Brass: an alloy consisting principally of copper with smaller amounts of zinc, and sometimes with very low levels of tin" SOURCE: http://www.historicalartmedals.com/...R TEXT/NOTES/dating_french_medals_by_edge.htm The main difference between a medal and a coin (other than the nominal value stamped onto a coin) is that in general, a medal's surfaces are dedicated mostly to the sculpted image while a coin's surface generally has a lot more space dedicated to text...not in all cases but in most cases. Further, many modern Chinese medals are produced in very low mintage numbers, usually far lower than any modern Chinese coins. This scarcity of Chinese medals is one aspect that has drawn me and many others to seeking out these rarities. This thread is dedicated to Chinese medals composed of metals other than silver. The medals you share do not have to be made in one of the official mints of China and in fact I'd argue that some of the large, well established private mints are producing medals that are aesthetically and perhaps even qualitatively equal to or in some cases better than some of the medals being produced by the official mints. I promise you, you will not be disappointed at all if you appreciate the aesthetic beauty of medals. I know that a number of forum members here have some real beauties to share with us and I hope they do when they get the chance. In my next post to this thread, I will share pictures of a stunning modern Chinese medal and then I will give details about it. So stay tuned and check back in the Modern Chinese Coins & Medallions section here in this forum. Finally, if I have gotten something wrong in my descriptions above, please point it out. I am by no means an expert on modern Chinese coins and medals....I am simply a lover and enthusiast of them. .