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Silver or Gold wound badge?
Old 06-13-2018, 12:40 PM   #1
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Question Silver or Gold wound badge?

Hi all!
I have a wound badge.
Just need help, silver or gold grade?
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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Hi Alex i think you have a gold grade there Kevin.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:00 PM   #3
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following the pin it might be an early gold wound badge with washed out finish
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:43 PM   #4
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Because of the pin I would say a gold grade badge. The corrosion on the gold pin however is odd to me which makes me doubt.
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:32 AM   #5
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odd combination cause the badge has no gold but the pin is good, probably a good gold here

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Old 06-17-2018, 08:10 AM   #6
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or eventually the pin was replaced by another original one!:-)
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:01 AM   #7
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There are many gold grade badges which lost all gold finish except for the pin. Therefor this could be very well a gold grade with all finish gone. However gold shouldn't corrode and this pin did which is odd to me.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:10 PM   #8
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The badge is most likely a gold grade. The only issue is that it lost all its gilding since the material on the badge was not of highest quality so overtime it would have flaked off and eventually be grey. The pin is of higher quality so it retains all the gold finish.
I also looked carefully at the hinge for the pin and see no obstruction or any evidence it had been replaced. Martin.
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:14 AM   #9
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There are many gold grade badges which lost all gold finish except for the pin. Therefor this could be very well a gold grade with all finish gone. However gold shouldn't corrode and this pin did which is odd to me.

It would be a Gold plated steel pin, not solid gold and the plating is coming off.

That's why its rusted.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:20 AM   #10
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It would be a Gold plated steel pin, not solid gold and the plating is coming off.

That's why its rusted.
It would not even be a gold plated pin, it would be a steel pin with a chemical treatment that gave it a gold appearance.
The badge itself is zinc which likely absorbed all of the finish.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:44 PM   #11
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It would not even be a gold plated pin, it would be a steel pin with a chemical treatment that gave it a gold appearance.
The badge itself is zinc which likely absorbed all of the finish.
Ralph.

Exactly as Ralph has stated,

Real gold was reserved (even for thin plating) for high end awards.
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