Our History & Mission
eMedals was established in 1981 with the objective of connecting collectors on a global scale and providing a sense of integrity to dealership. The company started as a one man operation but soon expanded. In 1999 the first version of our e-commerce website was created. Then in 2008 a store-front was opened in Burlington, Ontario so the company could more effectively meet the demand. As time passed the client base grew as well, from being just Canadian to North American to International. We now ship items safely all over the world with speed and integrity. We have gone on to improve in every facet whether it is range of items offered or the quality of the client shopping experience. This along with our fundamental beliefs has helped as emerge as the largest militaria dealer in North America.
eMedals provides high quality items with a superior degree of expertise in all areas of militaria. We remain true to our underlying passions and strive to offer the global community of collectors with outstanding client care and first class selection.
Barry - Owner
Barry’s education consists of a degree from McMaster University in Political Science. His interest in militaria developed from a love of coin collecting as a child. He began a personal collection of militaria in the late 1970’s which soon turned from a hobby into a passion. Through his time as a collector he saw a need for a global dealer; he began dealing in 1981. Since then his passion has only grown and he has become an expert of European Orders and Decorations. He has a large personal collection as well, consisting mostly of First and Second War aviation groups. Barry has been attending shows and exhibitions throughout Europe and North America for nearly 30 years and is a member of OMSA, OMRS, CSMMI and MCCC.
Michael - eCommerce Director & Manager
Michael’s education consists of an undergraduate degree in Military History and Business Commerce at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and Trinity College, Oxford. After completing an MBA in International Business at The University of London, UK, Michael chose eMedals Inc. to pursue his passion for history while exercising his global business skills. Founded in his undergraduate studies, Michael’s interests pertain largely to Canadian and British involvement in the First World War. Throughout his time at eMedals Inc., he has become an avid collector of British Common Wealth campaign medals and groups. Michael can be contacted directly at: email@example.com
Jenn - Client Care Representative
Jenn’s education consists of degrees in organizational planning and community development. Jenn has been with eMedals since the opening of the store-front and is an expert in the day to day dealings of the business. She highly enjoys interacting with clients, while taking pride in ensuring that their needs are met in an orderly fashion. Throughout her time with eMedals she has developed a strong interest in 20th Century history.
Lina - Financial Adminstrator & Accounting
Originally from China, Lina is responsible for client payment submissions, in-house accounting and consignment payment transactions.
Gordon - Macro Photographer
Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Gordon is a published author, photographer, columnist and film historian. A former Calgary Highlander and Lorne Scot, attaining the rank of Corporal, Gordon was educated at Sheridan College and has graduated in Film, Journalism and Research studies. Gordon’s collection of First World War related literature has been used in displays and exhibits.
Marilyn - Studio Photographer & Editor
Born and raised in Toronto, Marilyn graduated from Humber College in the creative photography field. When it comes to photography she is a jack of all trades, she photographs anything from portraits to events, while specializing in products. In 5 years she hopes to re-open an old shut down Kodak factory and make it one of the largest go-to companies for everything digital.
Laurence - Lead Researcher
Laurence’s education consists of a Paralegal License from the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as an undergraduate degree in History from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Particular subjects of collecting and interest include 18th Century North American history in addition to late 20th Century political science.
Sarah - Researcher
Sarah’s education consists of a BA Honours in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto with a focus on Collections Management. Sarah’s historical interests are in Ancient Egypt and Greece, specifically the development of Bronze Age trade in the Mediterranean.
Moritz - German Translations & Writer
Moritz was born in Aachen, Germany, where he acquired a Master's degree in history, philosophy, and newer German literature from the RWTH University. He emigrated to Canada in 2016. His historical interests are in the social changes of early modern times (1500–1800), and German history between 1914 and 1945.
Lukas - German Translations & Researcher
Originally from Vienna, Austria, Lukas emigrated to Canada in 2007. His education consists of a Paralegal Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College, as well as a BA Honours in History with a secondary concentration in German linguistics and translation from Wilfrid Laurier University. Lukas' historical interests are primarily in German military history between 1914 and 1945, but he is also very interested in how historical events have shaped politics, economics, and social behavior within the world we live in today.
Reece - Website Data Entry & Researcher
Originally from London, England, Reece now proudly calls Canada his home. His primary fields of interest and study include 19th century military history with a specific focus on vehicles and heavy equipment. Additionally, Reece currently focuses his studies on Russian medals and awards pre 1945.
Through a business colleague, I was introduced to Barry Turk of eMedals approximately ten years ago. Since then, Ive dealt with Barry on numerous occasions and have always found him to be professional, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to deal with.
Military Antiques Ltd.
I know Barry as a very sincere and straight forward dealer who is doing the utmost to guarantee the authenticity of the items he is selling. He is also most helpful as a collector friend in providing photographs and actual items for my ongoing research. As far as I can report it, his service is uncommplicated and staright forward. He is one of the good guys!
Dietrich Maerz, MI
Author and Publisher B&D Publishing LLC
Barry has been the reising star in the medal and decorations business. He created one of the premier platforms in the military antiques industry, with an assortment of highest quality medals and military collectibles form around the world. Even with his enormous knowledge he never shies away from consulting with his colleagues and the local experts to provide one of the best and most solid offerings within the global market.
Andreas M. Schulze Ising, Sewickley, PA, USA
As a collector for over 35 years, I have dealt with Barry and eMedals since its early days and consider Barry to be a man of true honesty and integrity. eMedals itself reflects Barry’s qualities, and in my opinion is a premiere Medals site for offering military collectibles from the most common to the very rarest from around the world. Barry and his staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing to help. I look at his site daily not only to add items to my personal collection but to view pictures and read descriptions of military collectibles that one rarely sees. The website is like visiting a museum. His offerings are second to none for quality, rarity, and authenticity, and at reasonable prices. Without hesitation, I would recommend Barry and eMedals as an important part of ones collecting experience to any and all collectors.
Doug Field Duncan, BC
I have been collecting medals and orders since 1974. I have dealt with eMedals for many years, though I have only had the pleasure of meeting Barry once at an OMSA convention. I have found Barry and his people to be trustworthy, knowledgable, and efficient. The selection if materials is excellent. I really cannot recommend Barry and eMedals more highly.
W. Robert Houston, PhD
Barry Turk is not only a solid dealer, but a man who stands by his word. Trust is the critical element in any militaria transaction and Barry has dedicated his business to building that trust along with building his business. I have sent customers his way because I believe he will serve them well. He has, and my recommendation stands.
Author of Iron Cross, The Blue Max, Luftwaffe Badges and Flight Clasps, Imperial Sky Volume I Flight Badges of the Imperial German www.winidorepress.com
Ich habe Barry Turk als seriösen und angenehmen Geschäftsführer von eMedals kennengelernt und freue mich, Ihn auf diversen internationalen Messen im In- und Ausland mehrmals im Jahr zu treffen. Das Angebot an internationalen Orden und Ehrenzeichen ist breit gefächert und hält für jeden eine Überaschung bereit, was jeden zur Durchsicht des Angebots nur ermutigen kann.
Barry is one of the best and most professional dealers I have dealt with over the last 10 years. Being primarily a WW2 "badge" collector, I am constantly amazed at the shear number of items he manages to track down and list on his site. Several times I was able to find unique and never-seen-before badge variants thanks to his ability to track down large amounts of miltiaria and is the main reason Emedals is the first website I look at each day during my typical searches. Barry was also generous with his time on several occasions when he provided pictures of a few rare badges for one of my books; proving he is just as much a fellow collector as he is a dealer. His service is impeccable and I can only recommend Barry and Emedals as a great source of militaria for collectors.
Thomas Durante, NY
Author of the German Close Combat Clasp of World War II & The German Luftwaffe & Heer Paratrooper Badges of WW2
I have known Barry for 15 years and have always found him to be professional and a pleasure to do business with. The staff at eMedals are friendly, knowledgeable and discrete and people of good humor and integrity. The selection at eMedals is unparalleled for the serious and amateur collector alike. I can unhesitatingly recommend Barry and the eMedals staff for your collecting needs.
R. J. Galbraith, Burlington
I highly recommend Barry Turk @ E-Medals to any advance collector or beginner. I cannot express deeply or firmly enough how excellent Barry Turk and his staff have been to me with supporting my collection. I have found his quality and offerings second to none. Service is excellent and great communication. Without doubt I’ve acquired several truly rare and fine quality items that should be in a museum. I am so lucky to have the privilege of doing business with Barry for over 10 years now.
Steve Langmade, AZ
eMedals has an amazing selection of medals and orders - best in the world. I have dealt personally with Barry for several years and his knowledge is impressive. Barry and his staff at eMedals are professional and trustworthy.
Prof. Roman Pavić, MD, PhD, Zagreb, Croatia
Wir kennen Herrn Barry Turk und seine Firma eMedals seit 8 Jahren persönlich von den bekannten Messen in den USA und Deutschland. Da es uns beiden fernliegt, Kopien zum Schaden des Kunden anzubieten, hilft man sich gegenseitig, das Warenangebot sauber zu halten. Es entwickelten sich daraus sehr gute Geschäftsbeziehungen, durch die beide Firmen und letzendlich deren Kunden davon profitieren.
Militaria-Archiv Carsten Baldes
As a Dutch collector of orders and medals I have been dealing with Barry and Emedals for many years in a most pleasurable way. It is amazing how Barry manages to get hold of some very rare orders and medals. Although I find the prices at Emedals reasonable, of course such rare items are not cheap, but Barry is always willing to allow arrangements for lay away and spread payments. Thanks to that, I have been able to buy at Emedals some rare orders for my collection which I otherwise have had to pass. So I feel lucky to be able to do business with Barry and his staff, and would recommend Emedals to any fellow collector.
Pieter van Gulik