The “Insignia” area of the collection includes awards, badges, commemorative medals, trophies, national symbols and plaques. These items offer an insight into Germany’s culture of awards and commemoration. They visualize government or institutional acts through symbols and signs of identity and convey an image of our society’s values in changing times.
The “Awards” collection area includes government and social awards bestowed on individuals, groups or organizations for special achievements or services. As a rule, these are decorations, medals or honorary pins.
The “Badges” collection includes membership badges and activity badges from West Germany and Communist East Germany, usually in the form of badges and pins that could be worn visibly on one’s clothing. They reflect the diversity of civic life and how the respective socio-political system was organized. Badges are usually made of metal, porcelain or plastic.
The “Commemorative Medals” collection includes round medals, usually made of metal or stoneware, as well as Numisbriefe. The themes are people or events of contemporary historical significance. These objects tended to be awarded on jubilees in corresponding cases. The choice of theme and occasion reflects a society’s values.
The “Trophies” collection includes three-dimensional items that were awards, marked jubilees, or had a commemorative or symbolic character. Among them are gifts to guests of honour or items marking key treaties being signed, not to mention cups and awards for sporting or cultural events. The collection focusses on trophies referring to key events in the political, cultural and economic history of Germany since 1945.
The “National Symbols” area of the collection contains items such as coats of arms, (embossed) seals, official seals, clichés, service tags and dog tags. The collection focusses on objects that express government or institutional activities.
Plaques are (commemorative) medals in rectangular form. They stand out for a one-side, relief-like theme, often including an inscription and/or figurative image. The collection focusses on plaques that commemorate important events or people in contemporary history or were awarded in honour of special achievements or services.