My mintiest items pail in comparison to the rest of the items in this thread as to rarity, but mean more to me than any of the rest of my collection.
They are my Grandfathers medals from his time in the AAF during the war! I never met the man that earned these decorations, which is unfortunate, but atleast i can keep his story alive!
Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle East Campaign with 2 bronze battle stars, and a WW2 Victory Medal.
What is quite interesting about his Good Conduct medal, is that in order to be awarded it, one must serve 3 years or more of military service, and not be subject to any disciplinary infractions. When i was examining my grandfathers discharge paper, it shows he held the rank of Corporal while in the ETO, but was later Honorably Discharged as Private First Class.
Aswell as his Expert Proficiency award for Machine gun, his Marksman Proficiency award for the m-1 Carbine, and his Ruptured Duck pin, denoting his Honorable Discharge!