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      • I recently looked over the photo of the reverse of the unnamed Sir Harry Smith from a 11 December, 2014 auction by Dix Noonan Webb (Lot: 618) that I initially included as the 3rd photo in my post here of 13 March, 2021. I did not previously noticed an apparent indication of a crack, or other flaw, in the reverse of that example, but did see it while checking a reposting of the Dix Noonan Webb photo on the Numista website (https://en.numista.com/catalogue/exonumia413442.html). I also previously illustrated the obverse of this unnamed example as the 2nd photo in my post of 26 April, 2022 because it shows well the name “Hopkins”, the apparent die sinker who executed the Charles Davidson Bell design of this medal, underneath the strip of veld the lion where the lion stands.        Above is the high-resolution image of the reverse of this Sir Harry Smith Medal for Gallantry 1851, cropped from the Dix Noonan Webb 11 December, 2014 auction listing (Lot 618), still archived on the Noonans Mayfair website: https://www.noonans.co.uk/auctions/archive/lot-archive/results/258354/. This image can be zoomed for additional details of the flaw. The reverse appears to show a crack I had not seen before. The crack extends from the inferior right rim in the ~4:30 position through the “F” in FIELD” and arcs through the lower left margin of the “B” in “BART.”, through the upper portion of the “H” in “SMITH”, and is offset through the top of the “T” in “SMITH”. If this is a crack, I’m surprised it does not seem to have affected the letters much (unlike the crack in the 10:30 position on the reverse of the Thos. Dicks medal, shown well in the 3rd photo in my post here of 1 May, 2022; that same cracked die was also used to strike the medals named to Paul Arendt, Edward Lister Green, and an unnamed medal from the 2016 Baldwins auction). There is some possible effect on  the “ F” and maybe the left top of the “T”.  This flaw is not seen on any of the other photos I have looked at of other  Sir Harry Smith Medals for Gallantry 1851. I don’t know if this identifies another reverse die or if it may be a subsequent crack in a die used previously to strike the reverse of other medals that have been illustrated on this thread and examined by Dr. F. K. Mitchell (Mitchell, F. K., 1955. Sir Harry Smith’s Medal for Gallantry: 1851. Africana Notes and News [Africana Aantekeninge En Nuus] Vol Xi, No. 7: 236-242. Africana Society, Africana Museum, City of Johannesburg (Printed by Cape Times Limited, Johannesburg, see my post here of 23 May, 2021). As noted, because this irregularity does not affect most of the letters, I would appreciate other opinions about whether this is a crack, some other kind of defect in the die, or a striking error.  
      • The oak leaves and acorns on the suspension suggest an Army award,
      • Yup, the 1870 combo is completely fake.
      • I recently came across this Royal Artillery Field Regiment arm badge or flash (with the numeral 4 in the photo).  A bit of research indicates there were four such badges, and that all four of these numbered flashes (1-4) are probably associated with the 55 Division. The one with the number 4 may be from the 4th West Lancashires. With some research, I was able to identify which Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery wore each of the flashes with the numerals 1, 2 and 3, but I'm stumped on the numeral 4.  I could only narrow it down a bit to (I think) the 5th, 170th or the 192nd Field Regiment (?). Can anyone please help me pin this down?   Also, when I first saw this flash, I though the red-orange shape behind the yellow numerals was the number 4 as written in Arabic, but now I don't suppose there's any connection. It looks sort of like a lightning bolt too.  Does anyone know the significance of the orange shape behind the numerals?
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