Yes, it is legal to buy replica medals.
Generally, only one set of original medals is ever issued by the Governor General or Dept of Defence Honours & Awards. Because of this, it is common practice for recipients to put the original away safely and wear replicas so that they can be replaced if they are lost. This practice is endorsed and encouraged by the Dept of Defence Honours & Awards.
The onus of responsibility is on the wearer of the medals however not to wear any medals as their own (ie on the left hand side) that have not been awarded to them. Wearing fraudulent medals is an offence under The Defence Act 1903 and is reportable to the Australian Federal Police.
Replica medals also provide comfort and a tangible link for those who may not have received their family member's original medals - which quite often have been either bequested to another family member / lost / sold / burned / stolen / donated to various RSLs or the Australian War Memorial.
Replica medals allow every member of the family to honour and remember their family's sacrifice.
At Foxhole Medals, we show our respect and gratitude for your family's sacrifice by constantly striving to provide the best quality replica medals on the market; as such, the majority of our medals are die-struck or injection-moulded rather than cast.
We use the original English supplier of medal ribbon – Toye Kenning & Spencer who hold the Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen – wherever available, and the highest quality ribbon otherwise for all other medals.
Our backing boards for court-mounted medals are made of acrylic providing outstanding strength, stiffness and adhesive qualities rather than core flute / compressed foam / rubber / picture framing mat board and we don't need to hide the sewing skill of our production team: their dedication to perfection is on show with every set they mount, not covered with felt or velvet overlays.
All of our medals and mounting workmanship comes with a lifetime guarantee.
We genuinely feel that our prices reflect excellent value for the quality service and products we provide, and it would be an honour to show our respect for your family's sacrifice by providing heirloom-quality medals and mounting of which you can be truly proud.
No, you will need to order your ribbon bar separately to your full size medals.
Keep in mind that your ribbon bar will need to be a maximum of 4 medals per row - if you have 6 medals, you would need a 2 medal ribbon bar on top and a 4 medal ribbon bar on the bottom row. Females and Navy personnel require a maximum of 3 medals per row.
We can arrange for each piece of your ribbon bar to be joined together at your request (or have plastic coating added if you work in Emergency Services).
You may find the most economical way to order your medals is to purchase one of our Collections which includes full size and miniature medals, ribbon bar, and protective case. Feel free to message us with your set and we can organise an order for a Collection for you.
Once you're set up with your initial set, you can then send your existing medals/ribbon bar with rosettes into us to be recycled on fresh ribbons/brooch bar with your new awards added in the correct order of wear.
You absolutely do not need to buy a brand new set of replicas - in fact you'll save yourself some money if you send your existing full size and miniature medals into us together with any pieces of ribbon bars with rosettes we can recycle for you.
We'll give your existing medals an ultrasonic clean and then remount them on fresh ribbons and brooch bar/stud pins for $30 per existing full size medal, and $25 for each existing miniature. We will then just add your new award/s (generally $55-65 each new full size and $40-50 each new miniature) in the correct order of wear so you end up with a set that looks brand new.
You also have the opportunity to have your full size medals engraved with your service number/PMKeyS, initials and surname with each remount.
If you're sending existing replica or original medals into us, our postal address is:
PO Box 494
ROSNY PARK TAS 7018
Please include a completed Postal Order Form - Download here.
We recommend our customers use Express Post for replica medals so that they are tracked and reach us as quickly as possible.
For original medals, we recommend using Platinum Post (which is both express and registered) if available at your local post office, but otherwise Registered Post at a minimum.
We use the commercial equivalent of Platinum Post (known as eParcel Express) to send replica and original medals back to you.
There are generally four things to take into account when deciding the best mounting style for your medals:
1. We can only swing-mount up to a maximum of 5 full-size medals so a full-size set of 6 more medals will need to be court-mounted. Miniature medals sets of any number can be mounted in either style.
2. Swing-mounted medals will make the ‘tinky tink’ noise as they move against each other which can cause sensory issues for some people, and can also make the medals more prone to damage.
3. If you choose to have your replica medals engraved with the recipient's service number, initials, and surname, the engraving will be easier to see on swing-mounted medals as you can clearly see the front and back of the medals with this style.
4. Any medals likely to be worn by current-serving Defence members will need to be court-mounted in accordance with official dress standards (sewn down to a firm backing so they don't move).
Both styles still have a brooch bar on the back to enable them to be worn on clothing. If none of the above criteria are relevant to your order, you are free to go with personal preference.
Court-Mounted Medals - have a backing board behind the medals to which each medal is sewn to minimise noise and movement. This does obscure 2/3 of the reverse of the medals.
Swing Mounted Medals - allow an unobstructed view of both the front and back of the medals, but do also leave them prone to impact damage. Serving Defence members are not permitted to wear their groups swing mounted.
There is no grain in gold. Gold casting grain is the fresh gold newly mixed with the alloy metals that strengthen the gold enough for jewelry making. This is the form they use in preparing for casting.
They use this size so it melts quickly, and because it is easy to measure out to track how much the jeweler needs.
Massage lotion or oil into your hand and wrist. Make sure to relax your hand muscles. Now slide the bracelet off of your wrist while gently twisting the band.
Step 1: Measure your wrist just below the wrist bone, where one would normally wear a bracelet, with a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper.
Step 2: If you are using a plain strip of paper, then measure that paper strip with a ruler to determine your wrist size.
Step 3: Add 1/4 inch to 1 inch (average is 1/2 inch) to your wrist size, depending on whether you would like a snug, comfort, or loose fit. This is the ideal bracelet length for you.
Due to technical restrictions, you are not able to change or cancel your order prior to delivery once it has been confirmed. If you would like to purchase a different item, or no longer wish to receive your order, please return the item you don't want within 30 days of receipt ( see return policy) and place a new order if desired. For further assistance, please contact our Customer Service Team.
All orders ship from a central distribution center; therefore, shipping times differ slightly depending on the country in which you place your order.
Yes, we offer free shipping on all orders over $100 before tax.
All orders ship from a central distribution center; therefore, shipping costs differ slightly from country to country.
Please place your order on our website. If you are having any problems our Customer Service teams can help during business hours.