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before i show the reverse, i'd like to garner opinions on the obverse...

any opinions on the core?

it's extremely magnetic

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-4736-0-03285200-1374776529.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-4736-0-30667500-1374776566.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-4736-0-77046300-1374776590.jpg

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hiya, greg!

i agree... now have a look at the reverse:

http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-4736-0-95325300-1374939247.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-4736-0-03220100-1374939288.jpg

it seems to have been fabricated with the intent of affixing to a war chronicle book, or something along those lines.

it certainly looks like they used the original dies for the ek to make this. the core is quite rigid, but very fine and i'd wager it would snap or crack with a little pressure. the absence of a backing plate has left it relatively fragile, and i can't imagine that very many of these survived over the last 100+ years

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