A medallion, similar to a medal is generally round in shape; much like a coin or token.
A medallion can be made from various materials, such as gold and silver and less valuable metals such as brass, copper, lead or zinc to name a few. The manner in which a medallion is made will depend on how a medallist wants to design it.
A medallion can be sculpted, which entails the removal or carving of the surface of the medallion with a tool until a figure or pattern is exposed. Medallions can also be moulded, cast or stamped with an image by using a stamping machine or press which basically presses the design or image onto a plain piece of metal.
The images imprinted onto medallions vary from one to the next, depending on who the medallion is for, or why it was created. Many years ago medallions made from expensive metals, such as gold were sent to noblemen or influential individuals with a cast image of the recipient on one side of the medallion.
These medallions depict Nelson Mandela, a world wide icon. He has taken a place in the hearts of people around the world and many items that are related to his name such as medallions, coins and other memorabilia are actively sought out by collectors and investors.