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Hello everyone! My name is Harold and I have been collecting Colonial police (particularly RHKP) memorabilia for around a year now. I have been looking for a colonial police LSGC issued to a Hong Kong police officer for a while now and I happened to come across this Colonial Police LSGC on a Hong Kong based facebook group. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the engraving was not standard....was this medal a late issue or is it not genuine?

 

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Harold

Just wanted to say welcome to the GMIC. 

I'm afraid I have nothing to offer on the medal - a fairly obscure collecting area, if I may say so - but hope some of the membership will be able to help.  I did collect Indian Army medals at one point and can say that variations in the naming style with those often indicated a later issue or a second mint doing the work but rarely an outright fake.  For what it's worth. 

Peter

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I can't comment on the style of naming, what I would caution is buying anything from a HK based seller. Take great care. There are many individuals who are "producing" no end of fake/altered items of memorabilia which purport to be from the pre.1997 disciplined services in HK.

 

Dave.

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Posted (edited)
7 hours ago, Dave Wilkinson said:

I can't comment on the style of naming, what I would caution is buying anything from a HK based seller. Take great care. There are many individuals who are "producing" no end of fake/altered items of memorabilia which purport to be from the pre.1997 disciplined services in HK.

 

Dave.

The fakes are everywhere because the mainland Chinese have developed a taste for colonial HK memorabilia, just search "RHKP" on taobao and you'll know what I mean :poo: .

 

I'm probably pass on this medal because I saw a similar medal with the same style of engraving on a mainland Chinese website.  

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14 hours ago, peter monahan said:

Harold

Just wanted to say welcome to the GMIC. 

I'm afraid I have nothing to offer on the medal - a fairly obscure collecting area, if I may say so - but hope some of the membership will be able to help.  I did collect Indian Army medals at one point and can say that variations in the naming style with those often indicated a later issue or a second mint doing the work but rarely an outright fake.  For what it's worth. 

Peter

 

Hello Peter

Thank you for the warm welcome :)

The only "other" type of engraving I have seen on Colonial Police medals (both the CPM and the LSGC) is the style I have attached in this reply, which still looks far more convincing than the style I saw on Facebook. 

Harold

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Having seen the engraving close up, I would say that this was not the work of the Royal Mint. You are wise to leave well alone.

Dave.

 

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Clearly, other than the 'welcome', I should have stayed out of this one!  Showcased my ignorance nicely, didn't I? If I'd started by establishunbg that it is a Royal Mint issue, that would have informed my opinion considerably on the naming.  Opps!  

But you're still very welcome!  ;)

 

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