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I have had two opinions shared both on and off line - one is that
this is a period jeweler's copy - the other is that is is a Kevin
Klein late 1940's restrike copy made from original dies.
Snyders Treasures has one at $999.99 - similar, but mine is heftier
and more detailed...
This is a second model (type) emission
of the medal. It comes with a ribbon and is very heavy and
substantial. I am no expert on this award, so view the images. I
could find no images of original Blood Order medals on the web that
had any clarity to them, in order to do a comparison.
But this came from a just post-war
assembled collection in Austria so I feel good about it.
From Wikipedia, I quote with some
elaboration, “The Blood Order, officially known as the
Decoration (of the Munich putsch) of 9 November 1923, was one of
the most prestigious decorations in the Nazi Party. Instituted in
March 1934, the medal is 900 (Type I) and later 800 silver (Type
II), with the obverse bearing a depiction of an eagle with a wreath
in its talons. with the date 9. Nov. within the wreath and the
inscription München 1923-1933 to the right. The reverse bears
a picture of the Feldherrnhalle in Munich (where the coup ended in
defeat), a swastika and the inscription: UND IHR HABT DOCH GESIEGT
(“...and you were victorious after all”).”
I further quote and add to Wikepedia: “This decoration was
awarded to participants in the Putsch who had joined the party or
one of its formations by January 1932 (continuous service). All
medals were numbered and awarding was done very carefully. Unlike
other medals, the ribbon was worn on the right breast of the
uniform tunic in the form of a rosette. In May 1938, to the dismay
of the original Putsch participants, the award was extended to
persons who had (a) served time in prison for Nazi activities
before 1933, (b) received a death sentence which was later commuted
to life imprisonment for Nazi activities before 1933, and (c) been
severely wounded in the service of the Party before 1933. It could
also be bestowed on certain other individuals at the discretion of
Adolf Hitler, the last recipient being Reinhard Heydrich
(posthumous). If a holder of this medal left the party, the medal
would have to be relinquished. Two women received this award (one
putsch participant and one posthumous outstanding service). Given
the number of original marchers in the putsch, the number of
posthumous awards given under the 1938 extensions (436), and the
awards for outstanding service under those same extensions, the
total number of recipients numbered less than 6,000.”
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