Published July 8, 2015
A medal awarded by the Icelandic president in a show of appreciation is being offered for sale on Facebook.
RÚV reports that an Order of the Falcon medal (a Knight’s Cross, to be specific), is being offered for sale in the Facebook group Brask og brall, an online marketplace where people sell everything from shoes to cars.
“This isn’t the first time this Order of the Falcon has been put up for sale,” the seller writes. “I bought it from an auction in Britain, and I don’t see myself walking around with it downtown.” The seller is asking for 180,000 ISK, assuring potential buyers that “there is nothing illegal about this.”
In point of fact, a similar sale took place in 2012, when someone put their Order of the Falcon up for sale on eBay.
The Order of the Falcon was originally a royal award, first issued by Danish king Christian X, and based on similar awards elsewhere in Scandinavia, with the exception that it could be awarded to women. Once Iceland got its independence, the royalist symbolism was removed from the medals.