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What is the Mint Mark on my Baden Silver Merit Medal?


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Hi everyone,

Just got back from the 'Show of Shows' in Louisville, Kentucky this afternoon, and boy was I amazed! Too bad I couldn't go on a shopping spree as I would have liked! biggrin.gif

I did pick up a nice, simple trio bar that contains a Baden Silver Merit Medal. My question is, upon looking the medals over very carefully, I noticed that the merit medal has what appears to be a very small (for lack of a better description) bee marked on the bottom edge. It is the silvered bronze version, and not the late war zinc version, so I am guessing this is the mark for bronze. Am I guessing correctly?

Thanks!

Jason

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Sure it is bronze, not iron? Use a magnet... ;)

It is the silvered bronze version, and not the late war zinc version, so I am guessing this is the mark for bronze. Am I guessing correctly?

Almost correct. This mark is seen on ALL official strikes of this medal that are not silver: bronze, iron, zinc.

Up to June 1916, they were struck in Karlsruhe state mint in silver, then they changed to B. H. Mayer and non-silver. If yours is bronze, congratulations. Those are the rarest while zinc, iron and silver are rather common with a total of guessed 170,000 awarded in WW1.

Not to be confused with "Spangenstücke", which are usually silvered bronze or brass - but not official strikes, and always without the mark.

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I have one in my possesion which appears to be of two thin bronze discs with an Iron core in between. :o

Kevin in Deva.

Discs? The iron medals were coppered before silvered, but that makes no disc but just a finish... sure yours is three-part?

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Discs? The iron medals were coppered before silvered, but that makes no disc but just a finish... sure yours is three-part?

Yup, fairly sure the copper on the edge / rim has not been peeled off, will dig it out and take some pictures in daylight tomorrow, then post them.

Kevin in Deva. :beer:

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