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Article about: Hi all. I purchased this Purple Heart some days ago and it has arrived today. Tha case has some wear, but the medal itself is perfect and beautiful. I think it is a good one, not a fake. I h

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    Hi all.

    I purchased this Purple Heart some days ago and it has arrived today. Tha case has some wear, but the medal itself is perfect and beautiful. I think it is a good one, not a fake. I have been trying to date it. The engraving under the pin is G27, so I have been trying to date it, and I think it could be from the Gulf war or may be afghanistan war. As I have read on the internet, G27 means Graco Industries, Texas.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    G27 is the code for Graco Awards inc.
    They started producing the PH in 1999 so yor medal can not be any earlier than that.
    gregM
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    Yes, as Greg says, definitely a modern one from the GWOT era. For modern medals they aren’t “faked” as they are currently produced or reproduced for current issue or wear for a recipient or display purposes.

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    I will only echo what others have said.. Modern era Purple Heart but the presentation box is most likely a 1970s era award case. I would imagine the two (case and medal) were paired up at some point in order to sell as a set.. Good honest and complete set.. Many times the lapel pin or ribbon bar is missing..

    Well done

    Best regards, stay safe

    Smitty

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    Here's a biggie & mini from the same maker in my collection
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Purple Heart   Purple Heart  

    Regards
    René

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    Thank you for your comments.

    I have taken a look again and I have been able to see that the lapel pin is G-GI marked, and the ribbon bar S-38.
    All same era?. The medal was marked G-27.

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    They will all be from the same era..

    Most likely parts that were placed together to make a complete group, but none the less still a good set.

    It is not uncommon to see mixed manufacturers with medal groupings, sometimes Veterans retained for example the lapel pin and a replacement was put in with the box..

    Hard to say, unless the medal set came in a cardboard outer box and was never opened then you have a better chance of seeing all maker marked by the same company..

    G-GI is Graco Manufacturing
    S-38 is for the company "The Supply Room" out of Anniston, Alabama

    Here is a link to some of the US Manufacturers..

    List of Manufacturers of U.S. Metal Emblems - HALLMARKS [REF] - U.S. Militaria Forum

    Best regards, stay safe

    Smitty

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    Hi.

    A very interesting and useful information.
    Thank you.

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