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    I'm trying to grow my Soviet medal collection and I have a question regarding the Soldering of the rings to the medal.

    1.) What did they use to solder the ring on to the medal? Was tin ever used?

    Tin leaves a black residue and no one has ever given me a definitive answer as to whether or not variation 1's have back residue on them.

    Thank you

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    1.) What did they use to solder the ring on to the medal?
    you might not believe it, but it's mix: 1/3 of brass 2/3 of silver afaik

    usual period 'silver soldering solution'

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    Quote by ph3s View Post
    you might not believe it, but it's mix: 1/3 of brass 2/3 of silver afaik

    usual period 'silver soldering solution'
    Thanks for the reply ph3s.
    So...does this leave a black soldering smudge at all? I ask because I think about 90% of all the variation 1's that I see have some sort black smudge on them, obviously in various amounts. My personal opinion is that it would.

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    I'm not sure but I believe it's patina

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    The silver in the solder will develope a black oxidation.
    Tin by itself would not be used as it is to soft .

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    So, I should usually see a bit of black oxidation but not a lot of it. I mention tin because if I remember from another forum, a lot of the altered medals tin is used.

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    As Steve said, silver solder will oxidize and develop a black residue. It's actually a Good thing to see it-it shows age and authenticity. William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Thank you.

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