|This article is about the piece of metal used as a fashion accessory. You may be looking for the Aztec Gold medallion.|
- "Barbara, Barbara, I'm sorry. You've been amazing."
"I know, and I think I deserve a little appreciation, that's all."
"I do appreciate it. The entire East India Trading Company will thank you for it. Why, you'll probably get a medal."
"I'd rather have some new perfume."
- ―Benedict Huntington and Barbara Huntington
A medal, or medallion, was a small, flat, and round (or, at times, oval) piece of metal that has been sculpted, molded, cast, struck, stamped, or some way marked with an insignia, portrait, or other artistic rendering. In the proper use of the term, medallions were larger, starting at perhaps four inches across, and were, as such, usually too large to be worn very comfortably, though in colloquial use, "medallion" was sometimes used to refer to a medal used as the pendant of a necklace or for other types of medals.
Over the course of history, medals were usually awarded to a person or organization as a form of recognition for military or various other achievements.
The notorious Spanish pirate hunter Armando Salazar always wore three medals on the left side of his coat, proof of his many achievements during his career in the Spanish Royal Navy. At some point before his promotion to the rank of Commodore, James Norrington was awarded with the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath medal, probably for his successful campaigns against pirates in the Caribbean. The infamous pirate Jolly Roger always wore a medal on his coat, but it is more than likely he stole the coat, along with the medal, from someone else. A privateer-turned-pirate Hector Barbossa also had three medals on his coat, more than likely stolen from an honest naval officer.
Behind the scenes
- The trailer for the cancelled video game Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned shows the infamous pirate James Sterling stealing a gold medallion from a Spanish officer during the battle.
- The Secret of Port Royal Teleportation quest in Pirates of the Caribbean Online requires a player to recover the first medal of Port Royal from a buried treasure chest.
- One of the posters for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales shows Armando Salazar wearing on his uniform the Croix du combattant, a French military decoration established in 1926 for the veterans of World War I.
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