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US Medal Reference Thread

Article about: Hi All, I notice quite a few reference threads on the forum related to other areas of collecting, and thought it may be helpful to post one related to US medals. All medals in the photos bel

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    Hi All,
    I notice quite a few reference threads on the forum related to other areas of collecting, and thought it may be helpful to post one related to US medals.

    All medals in the photos below are in my collection. I of course don't own every US medal out there so I am hoping others will share their examples in this thread, thus creating one main point of reference for all (or most) things US medal related.

    The only thing I do ask is if you add a medal to this thread, please do not post an example that has already been posted, unless the purpose is to reference a different production type or other characteristic not already posted (crimp, slot or wrap brooch, different engraving type, different issue case, etc.).

    Additionally, I ask that the photos be clear and well lit so we know what we're looking at.

    Thanks and I look forward to seeing this thread grow!

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    Before I jump into photos of medals, the first thing you need to know before collecting US medals is the brooch type. Knowing the brooch types will help in estimating the period in which the medal was issued or even under which branch of military the medal was manufactured for.

    Full-Wrap Brooch
    This brooch type is indicative of medals issued prior to WWII, although WWII examples of USN, Army and USMC contract medals will contain this brooch type. Most common example of this brooch type is that found on the US WWI Victory Medal.

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    Split-Wrap Brooch
    Similar in period to the Full-Wrap brooch in that it is indicative of medals produced prior to WWII, however also found in use during WWII.

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    Slot-Brooch
    Found on WWII production medals, however some medals produced during WWII with this brooch can be found issued into Vietnam and beyond. Examples would be the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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    Slot-Crimp Brooch
    Found on medals typically issued in the 50ís through Vietnam

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    Crimp Brooch
    Found on medals issued post-WWII and is the standard brooch type used by all branches of the military today.

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    Slot-Brooch Silver Star

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    Legion of Merit

    Presentation (Coffin) Case

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    Full-Wrap Brooch

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    Crimp Brooch

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    Slot-Brooch Distinguished Flying Cross

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    Bronze Star

    Presentation Case

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    Slot-Brooch

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    Slot-Brooch w/Vietnam Era Government Engraving

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    Purple Heart

    Presentation Case


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    Slot Brooch

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    Split-Wrap Brooch w/WWI Government Issue Engraving (after 1932)

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    Slot-Brooch w/WWII Government Issue Engraving


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    Slot-Brooch w/Vietnam War Government Issue Engraving

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    Rim Numbering (Pre-WWII - Early WWII examples)

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    Air Medal

    Presentation Box

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    Crimp-Brooch

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    Army Commendation Medal

    Presentation Case (circa 1950's)


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    Crimp-Slot Brooch


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    Army Good Conduct

    Issue Box

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    Slot-Brooch

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    Crimp-Brooch w/Modern Government Engraving

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