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  1. That is very true, unless an actual conversation with an actual Marine that was actually there and received one- one they still are in possession of, we have to go by whatever research is out there. I have seen terrible reproductions and I have seen bad reproductions of this medal- I have never seen a reproduction that I couldn't easily tell the difference. I was not there nor have I ever spoken to a Marine that received one and examined the one that they still have in their possession so I am basing everything on the research and comparisons I have done.
  2. https://www.usmcmuseum.com/blog/when-war-was-a-laughing-matter-the-let-george-do-it-medal Here is an article from the blog of the USMC museum, written by Owen L. Conner - he is the Uniform and Heraldry Curator for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. he mentions the 2 strikes- do you trust the OMSA article I included? or do you trust the opinion of Bob Gee? as both show similar versions as the medal at auction. If there was a copy done in the 60s or 70s- the example you included in your last post is no doubt that as everything from construction material, ribbon design and sewin
  3. and the example you provided is nothing like the one we are discussing- everything is different including the metal used for the construction- a blind person can see that. I am still waiting for your "looks like most of the other ones that have appeared on auction right down to he ribbon" your uninformed opinions may stop someone from acquiring a very rare piece- so I respectfully ask you to either provide proof of what you claim or just admit you were giving uninformed opinion.
  4. "So which one is it? In one post you say there was no second run, however in another you say there was two strikes." If you actually read my posts, you will see that the above quote is from a post from GLM in 2007- I didnt say that, GLM did and I was listing the post for reference as specified in the post after it.
  5. This one is 100% original, read the posts I have included on this- the one in Bob Gees post is flawless and doesnt look like it was ever handled. the medal material is a brass like metal so there is always varying levels of wear on the ones I have seen, some with the star on the sleeve some without some in between but always in the same spots on the front and back. There is so little information about these so you always have to dig- I have 2- I have bullet proof provenance from Owen Connor from the Marine Corps museum - at has he did research on the 1st division Marine that received it (also
  6. the one at auction has the "depression"- here is a better pic, the base metal is a brass like metal and almost everyone I have seen has wear on that spot on the back and on the front where sometimes the star can be seen (always with different level of wear)
  7. https://archive.org/details/FaciatGeorgius this strike (there were 2) has this design on it- there was a second strike that was either done before or after that doesnt have it. The other one has the suspension ring turned 90 degrees
  8. "George" is a rare and interesting "medal". It commemorates a very historical event when the Navy sailed away from Guadalcanal leaving the Marines to fend for themselves. From the USMC WWII monograph, we find the following: "The George Medal is legendary among 1st Marine Division veterans of Guadalcanal. Only about 50 were cast, in Australia, before the mold gave out. The medal commemorates the difficult situation of the division during the early days on Guadalcanal, when ammunition, food, and heavy equipment were short and the Japanese plentiful. When the issue was no
  9. I found OMSA's "The Medal Collector" article from February 1974. Hope I don't get in trouble with the OMSA guys here for posting the pic, but the George is just so doggone rare, I think it important for the guys to see what an original actually looks like. The below pictured George was donated to the Marine Corps Museum by BGen James J. Keating, USMC (Ret), who, on Guadalcanal commanded 3rd Bn, 11th Marines, the last 1st Marine Division unit to leave Guadalcanal, 5 January 1943. According to the OMSA article, only 50 (some say as few as 20) were cast in Australia before
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