Not all medals are cast to celebrate glory and heroism. There is a darker tradition of creating medals for moments of dishonour.
The British Museum is hosting an exhibition that looks at how this less well-known tradition has developed over the past 400 years - and also features special commissions from current artists.
Evan Davis was shown around by the co-curators, Philip Attwood and Felicity Powell.
Some photographs courtesy British Museum.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 25 June 2009.
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