Banal Medal with a Big Surprise
Wasn't too interested in this banal medal; your typical flourish of a coat-of-arms. But it was inscribed, and past experience
sometimes reveals a treasure underneath. Turns out this medal had been awarded to someone who became a prominent psychologist in the 20th century, Otto Klineberg. Awarded in 1912, Klineberg would have been 11 years old. He went on to win several more awards throughout his life. There was a torn slip of paper, with the medal, that suggested he won a gold Prince of Wales prize, at some point. Anyway, I put in a very modest bid, since the medal did not fit into any of my categories. One desultory bid was made against me, and I won. I wonder, though, how this medal ended up in an auction when it clearly was a family heirloom of sorts.