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Old 09-28-2018, 02:01 PM   #1
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After reading the material on the Dai Nippon site along with itís associated links. Iím still a bit confused about the 1938 Wound Badges (Type 2 or Type 4 depending on the source).

The 1938 version was produced in one style with 2 versions. The Gold was for wounds sustained in combat (Sensho) and a Silver for non-combat wounds or disease (Kosho). The kanji in the center of the reverse of the badges also indicates the version (Sensho or Kosho) of the award. The badges were issued to both officers and enlisted men.

My confusion comes from the badges offered on several reputable dealerís sites. I have found listings for a Gold badge with the Kosho inscription on the back as well as a Silver badge with the Sensho inscription on the back.

Were both the Gold and Silver badges each made for combat and non-combat variations? If so what is the distinction between the Gold and Silver badges? I donít know how heavily this badge has been faked.

Can anyone help clarify this issue for me?
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:21 PM   #2
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Both badges were issued in silver.
Sensho should be completely gilded and koushou should have gilded central medallion. So this statement senshou badge is gold gilt while the koushou is silver is not correct.



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Old 09-29-2018, 01:24 PM   #3
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Everything else is panita games and/or gilt fading because of exensive wearing/severe storage conditions.
Now about this statement that there are senshou badges in silver.
All sensho badges were issued in gilded silver. But after heavy wearing gold gilt (since it is pretty weak on this badge) is completely lost and/or hidden under thick patina.
On the other hand patina very often made koushou badges look like they are gold gilted.

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Old 09-29-2018, 01:26 PM   #4
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Let`s look at these four badges from my collection.
Where is sensho and where is koushou?
Go figure ...

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Old 09-29-2018, 01:30 PM   #5
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That's what i'm talking about.

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Old 09-29-2018, 01:33 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I donít know how heavily this badge has been faked.
Currently these are not heavily (if at all) faked.

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Old 09-29-2018, 04:30 PM   #7
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Thank you very much Nick.

Is seems the only reliable way to distinguish between the badges is by the kanji in the center of the rear of the badge.

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Old 09-29-2018, 06:43 PM   #8
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You got that right.

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