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Old 08-28-2002, 10:59 PM   #11
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Gold Plated Medals

The reissues of the campaign medals were Gold Plated.These were issued later to those entitled that had not received them.


This is a photo of a type 3 Gold Plated Victory Over Germany medal.

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Old 08-29-2002, 08:41 PM   #12
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Al,

Are you sure it's gold plating, and not just "mint luster"?

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The reissues of the campaign medals were Gold Plated.These were issued later to those entitled that had not received them.


This is a photo of a type 3 Gold Plated Victory Over Germany medal.

Happy hunting.

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Here are two type 3 medals, both very shiny, but not gold plated.

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Old 08-29-2002, 10:07 PM   #13
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Alexei,

Is there a reliable, non-destructive way to tell? I read on McDaniels site that he has seen these gold-plated campaign medals and he writes they were most likely awarded to "General officers and Marshalls". I would assume this would make them at least R3. I would trust the authenticity better if I found one in my collection than seeing a "Genuine gold-plated WWII award" up for sale on EBay.

I've looked into buying a non-destructive gold-testing device before, but the price was outrageous. This was a few years ago and prices may have fallen. I know there is a destructive test, but it involves rubbing a small bit of the gold onto an abrasive block, just enough to leave a mark, then adding chemicals to the mark and what I would guess is that a certain reaction is supposed to take place.

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Old 08-29-2002, 10:54 PM   #14
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Alexei,

In McDaniels book,he mentions that the reissues of campaign medals have a "Thick Gold Wash".

I thought that meant real Gold,I could be completely incorrect since I have no way to test the medals in my collection.

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Old 08-31-2002, 05:47 PM   #15
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Al,

It's not gold. Those type 3 medals were stamped with polished dies, which is why they are so shiny.


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Alexei,

In McDaniels book,he mentions that the reissues of campaign medals have a "Thick Gold Wash".

I thought that meant real Gold,I could be completely incorrect since I have no way to test the medals in my collection.

Happy hunting.

Thanks,Al
Art,

There is a so called "magic pen" or pen gold tester, which also tests for silver, and platinum. I believe they cost $15-20, and I am sure you can find one on eBay. I don't have it yet, and don't know if it is reliable.

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Is there a reliable, non-destructive way to tell? ....

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Old 10-30-2002, 06:41 PM   #16
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Look at the letters below the ring:
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Old 11-21-2002, 01:55 PM   #17
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The medal at the right - look at the fireworks - looks like the post Soviet 50th ann. of GPW medal!
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Old 11-25-2002, 05:13 PM   #18
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Gentlemen,

These are quite rare, so I thought I'd share it with you.

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Old 11-26-2002, 10:58 AM   #19
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In "Red Army uniforms 1918-1945" they write that documents with red covers were given to parrticipants to the victory parade, june 24 1945. 10 000 pieces made. Are there any truth to that?

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Old 11-26-2002, 08:01 PM   #20
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Kim,

It's just one of the theories, but I am inclined to believe that it may be correct. All such documents I have seen were signed by high-ranking officers.

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