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Rare!! NUMBERED - Type III G. A. R. Membership Medal

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This Type III Grand Army of the Republic membership medal remains in excellent condition with its original ribbon remaining in equally nice condition. Of significance to the deep-dish GAR enthusiast will be that this example offers the rarely seen numbers on back side points. While such numbering was reserved for the earliest Type III medals held for issue to National Officers, this is the only known example of the appearance of two numbers on each of two points (see illustration). Not to be confused with the letter and serial number appearing on the edge of later design membership medals, the information on these numbered Type III medals may be found in Robert J. Wolz’s fine G.A.R. reference GRAND ARMY MEN – The GAR and its male organizations . Per Wolz who refers to Gen. Frederick Starring who designed the Type III, stating that the first of the new medals were presented to national officers and numbered. Starring received No. 1 which remains in the family to this day. Frequently referred to as the Medal of Honor type for its similarity to the Congressional Medal (particularly the design of the eagle), the type three was patent dated Dec. 28, 1869 (see illustration) and was the first of the eagle with suspended star variations. Some variation in color from medal to medal is attributed to the GAR requiring that the medals be struck from the bronze of captured Confederate cannon. As this supply ran out, later examples were struck from standard (consistent) alloy. A rare early example from the largest and most influential of Civil War veteran organizations.
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