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Hi, i like to share my observation base on my Order of Pillars 1st and 3rd class collection

base on my observation i try to measure the length from bottom to top of the medal (ring loop no included)

1st = 69 mm

3rd = 68 mm

in Thickness it also has a difference ( Enamel portion still not included, only the outer most side)

1st = 4 mm (photo #3 left side)

3rd = 3 mm (photo #3 right side)

Has bigger ring loop the 3rd class

My 1st class has no "M" mark on top

Thank you

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No wonder it is not marked!

It has features of so called "late vintage" that we discussed a couple of years ago (among these features enamel in central medallion is the most profound one). Some claim that these badges were manufactured by Manchu mint in 1943-1945.

Excellent 1st class badge you have there!

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While the difference in length is relatively small the difference in thickness can be observed by the naked eye.

I encourage you all to measure the thickness of your 1st and 3rd classes you have in your collection. Maybe we'll find another feature in addition to the rings to distinguish the classes.

By the way what is the difference in weight then?

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While the difference in length is relatively small the difference in thickness can be observed by the naked eye.

I encourage you all to measure the thickness of your 1st and 3rd classes you have in your collection. Maybe we'll find another feature in addition to the rings to distinguish the classes.

By the way what is the difference in weight then?

My badge third class has a thickness of 3.6 mm. It has the stamp of the "M"

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Hi again i have the weight of each medal (i have lifted the ring loop lightly to lessen the ring weight)

1st = 95.5 +- grams

3rd = 78.5 +- grams

so it has a lot of difference in weight almost 17 grams

includes ring mine is

1st = 96.37

3rd = 83 +- ( cant weight it well due has ribbon)

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Ok.

Friends :cheers: sent me measurements for 1st and 3rd class badges.

1st class badge - marked with M ​

Height 69 mm

Width 63 mm

Weight 80 g

Thickness (including central boss) 4.29 mm

3rd class badge - unmarked

Height 69 mm

Width 63 mm

Weight 79 g

Thickness (including central boss) 4.19 mm

I asked them for thickness without central boss.

+

I expect measurements for another 1st class badge marked with M ;)

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Info upgrade (for post #15)

1st class badge - marked with M ​

Thickness (edge) 3.5 mm

3rd class badge - unmarked

Thickness (edge) 3.3 mm

I see.... so it was also close to 4 mm thick, but the weight is far from mine. :speechless:

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A couple of second ago (literally :whistle:) received this measurements of 1st class badge from a friend :cheers:

1st class badge - marked with M ​

Height 77 mm (with suspension knob)

Width 66 mm

Weight 83 g

Thickness measurements will come shortly.

Stay tuned ;)

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Well, that's it ;)

I believe two conclusions can be drawn from these numbers

a) one shouldn't weight everything in sight while trying to determine authenticity of this or that piece - there is obvious (and quite normal) instability in dimensions and weights

b) out colleague Melvin has very interesting "fatty" 1st class badge in his collection :cheers:

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;) I see Nick nice conclusion, and Thank you for the info of other 2 "M" mark 1st class medal. :cheers::beer:

so the only difference we can see for now between 1st and 3rd class are still the ring loop.

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Yep, ring loop remains primary feature ...

As we know thickness of 3rd class badges varies from

3 mm / 3.3 mm / 3.6 mm

with corresponding weights

78.5 g/ 79 g/ 84.7 g

1st class badges (marked with M)

3.5 mm / 3.4 mm

80 g / 83 g

And only your 1st class badge has thickness 4 mm and weight 96 g.

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