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    The National Intelligence Service Decoration, Bronze


    The ribbons of the 10 and 30 years were definitely switched.


    A picture of a correct decoration with ribbon, is attached

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    Unknown National Intelligence Medal


    The ribbon is the National Intelligence Service Medal for Faithful Service, Silver


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    Another unknown National Intelligence Medal


    The ribbon is for the National Intelligence Service Civil Decoration and this might be also a Civil Decoration in Bronze

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    Hi all,


    Better pictures of The National Intelligence Service Medal for Faithful Service, Silver.


     At least 2 known variations of the back.

    image.png.6387c39269e488dcd785c893c352df5f.png 925 below CoA.



    SILVER 925 below CoA.


    The National Intelligence Service Medal for Faithful Service, Bronze.

    Also exist with holed lion.



    Regards, Marcon1.


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    Hi Archie,


    A few observations about your unknown mystery medals.

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    Note the hallmark !!

    According to a listing of South African hallmarks the letter V indicates 1995 as the year it was struck.

    This is interesting as the NIS was disbanded in December 1994 and at the same time there medals became obsolete.

    This might also be the reason why they used the CoA of South Africa and NOT the NIS CoA image.png.aaec1a3cd731dba8d50a87ba932bd33e.png

    Could this be a one-off intended to be presented to a high ranking officer (former directer of NIS, a general ??).

    It looks from the picture that something (a name perhaps) has been covered up.

    That name might give a clue as to what and why.

    Also, if it still exists, maybe the South African Mint might have some records about this medal.

    There is a lot more to this medal than on first sight.


    As to your other unknown mystery medal, pity we can not see the reverse.

    Since the front looks the same as the other unknown one it might also be a later minting.

    But I also have in my listing this medal..

    image.png.06d12d0c89b0a43a9a5187915aa5931b.pngNIS Civil Medal (1990-1994)
    For "above-average acts of merit" (sic) by "civilians", which benefited the NIS. It does not appear to have been awarded.

    Insignia: Same design as the NIS Civil Decoration, but in bronze.



    It looks almost identical (except for the longer thinner points) - could this be a different version of it?

    Both are in bronze and the ribbon might be a case of - we don't have the correct one, so we went for the next best thing- ribbon.


    What do you (and all the other readers) think ??


    Regards, Marcon1.





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    Hi Marco,


    Thats what I also piched up.


    I saw the SA COA and hallmark, but seems like you do a study on everything. That Silver medal was definitely awarded and its a pity that its not mine, otherwise I could have checked the name.


    I will ask my friend if he still have it in his collection, because he sold most.




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    I saw a bronze one in a very impressive NIS group. I will try to get a photo of it.

    I think they were issued in a small time window after 1994.

    Yes, the silver one is named. 


    Found it, courtesy of Angloboerwar.com



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