As stated at the start of this thread I don't see any problems with this medal being an original. I am sure that Ned and Doug have it right and nothing that has been said here gives me any reason to doubt that. As far as Dan comparing type 1 to type 2 this is the equivalent of comparing an apple to an orange. The advantage of having it in hand helps to see that the overall details are what they should be and I will add it to the collection without any nagging doubts.
Thanks for the input it is appreciated.