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Original or fake? (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.)

Article about: I want to buy an Iron Cross so i got this offer. The seller doesn't know if it's an original one or a fake one. He also sells some copies of iron cross as well as some other original medals.

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    Default Original or fake? (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.)

    I want to buy an Iron Cross so i got this offer. The seller doesn't know if it's an original one or a fake one. He also sells some copies of iron cross as well as some other original medals. Is this one a copy or a real one?
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    Default Re: Original or fake? (First Class Iron Cross)

    Hi Mango

    Welcome to the forum

    Its a known fake I'm afraid

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Default Re: Original or fake? (First Class Iron Cross)

    Yes, welcome. As Nick says, this is a fake cross. Try a search for '51' and you will see a few more.examples.

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    Default Re: Original or fake? (First Class Iron Cross)

    Thanks! I guess I'll just have to keep on looking! I'll come here again you were both very helpful!
    Best wishes

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    Default Re: Original or fake? (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.)

    There are plenty of EK1s about, if you find another, pleaae post it for opinions before spending any money.

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    Default Re: Original or fake? (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse.)

    Hello there,

    A reproduction that has been out for some time now, and typically found with the mark of "51" on the reverse pin. A fairly good quality "filler" but that's all its good for, and certainly not as good as the "Floch" fake. I would say between this and the Floch fake, they are the most commonly encountered reproduction EK on the open market today, so it is a must for any collector to familiarize themselves with these two fakes and how to easily identify them.

    William Kramer
    Us and them - and after all were only ordinary men. Me, and you - God only knows its not what we would choose to do. Forward he cried from the rear, and the front rank died, and the general sat and the lines on the map moved from side to side.

    - US & THEM, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD

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