I'm not feeling 100% confident on this medal and was hoping to get some opinions. The cases seems okay, and definitely has the right smell. The medal is where my concerns lie.
The ribbon is crisp feeling and the planchet is shiny and very new looking. There are signs of silver tarnish rub off where the ring and hooks connect with the ribbon, so perhaps the planchet has simply been polished? Blacklight tests all look good on the ribbon and the thread that sews it together. There is a maker stamp on the planchet nub the ring runs through, which is a circle with a "Y" in it. The medal is not magnetic, and is too heavy to be aluminum.
Any thoughts on this one are appreciated!
The weld on the ring:
Looks like a ripple in the metal here that runs in a curve along the top of the lettering on the bottom. A bit easier to see in person. Not sure if that's a concern or not, but wanted to post this just in case: