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Finnish issue Winter War Medal for volunteers

Article about: picked this up recently and its way out of my field of collecting, is it a repro? any comments appreciated kind regards Ed

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    Default Finnish issue Winter War Medal for volunteers

    picked this up recently and its way out of my field of collecting,
    is it a repro?
    any comments appreciated
    kind regards
    Ed



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    Could be ok here is a photo of another that was shown on here sometime ago
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    Im not medal expert, but I say fake. Reasons, soft and blurry text, details are blurry, "bubbles" in surface all over.
    Finnish medals are stamped, yours look like casted.
    Thanks for showing.

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    Quote by Verikauha View Post
    Im not medal expert, but I say fake. Reasons, soft and blurry text, details are blurry, "bubbles" in surface all over.
    Finnish medals are stamped, yours look like casted.
    Thanks for showing.

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    Agree.

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    Supposedly less than 10,000 of these were made, so they are pretty rare and somewhat expensive for this category of medal. Sorry, but I agree with the others that yours is a repro.

    Jay

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    Here is the one i have that came with the items of Otto Walter Neumark who was a Czech Volunteer in the Winter war
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    Looking at the first one posted again you may be right it does look cast unless its just the lighting in the photo , The one i have posted is the same black color as the normal Winter war medals , i have seen both bronze and black medals does anyone know why ? as i put this medal came in with the RAF uniform of Otto Walter Neumark who was a Czech Volunteer in the winter war ,this medal and a normal Finnish issue winter war medal were in the pocket of the tunic, I have shown his uniform before on the forum

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    That's a really good looking medal kradman. The reference I looked at said the medal came in gold, silver, and bronze. Then they show a picture and the caption says "an iron medal", so I'm totally confused at this point. The photo labeled as iron looks like the one you have.

    Jay

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    Hi Jay
    Thank you and thats interesting to know there were the 3 colors in these medals , this medal I have is also larger in size to the Normal Winter War medal I will post a photo of the two side by side

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    Here are photos to show the different sizes of the medals
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