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Hello,

Can anyone tell me about this award? It is made of bronze and pretty thick and heavy. It has a wreath around the border of the back and is stamped in little letters at the bottom U.S. Mint. Who would this have been awarded to? Regular units, or National guard? And about what age would it be? THANKS!!!!

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This was a federal award from the time period 1889 to 1894. There were gold (first class), silver (2nd class) and bronze (3rd class) versions. And there were different styles. Besides your infantry version (the shooter is wearing a spiked helmet), I've seen a cavalry version (shooter wearing a plumed helmet). These came with a top bar suspension for wearing and were very ornately engraved to the recipient on the reverse.

I would guess yours is an unassembled/unawarded example.

Very nice medal.

Kurt


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A silver Cavalry competition example won by a 2d Cavalry trooper in 1894.

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