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Wound Medal, Iron or Gold?


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Hi again, everyone!

Just purchased this a today and was wondering if you think this may be the gold (gilt) version?  It seems that the gold wash applied to the wound medals wore off pretty easily, but this one appears to have some remaining (or just my imagination), especially on the suspension.

Also, what exactly differentiated one receiving a gold vs. iron version?  I know the gold version was for more serious wounds, but what were the determining factors?

Thanks again



Wound Medal, Iron Class for One Wound (obverse).jpg

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Criteria was the percentage of physical disability, Golden Wound Medal for 61% or more (KIA included) and Silver Wound Medal for less. The number of wounds was indicated by the number of stripes on the ribbon. If one suffered more than 3 wounds oak branches were added on the ribbon. 

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