German Medals & Awards

//German Medals & Awards

WWII Iron CrossesWorld War 2 German medals, awards and badges are some of the most detailed and ornate of any in military history. The level of detail, consistency and quality demanded of WW2 Nazi Germany was unmatched for the time. Some of the most popular and well known German medals include the Iron Cross First Class, Iron Cross Second Class (aka. EKI, or EKII), War Merit Badge, Wound Badge, and the General Assault and Infantry Assault Badges. For decades after the war, Nazi Medals were some of the most collectible of WWII relics. For that reason, there were a great deal of fakes produced, making collecting authentic medals very challenging. If you would like help determining whether or not your WW2 medal is authentic, simply submit hi-res digital photos of the front and back of each medal via our Free Appraisal form.

Ant-partisan Badge in Silver with Scarce Thin Pin

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Here we have a very nice example Anti-partisan Badge (silver grade) with the seldom seen thin style pin and round catch. This is a truly exceptional example, with all the right hallmarks. These zinc based badges are notorious for losing their finish over time, but this one still have a small amount of silvering on and around the skull.

  • Naval Iron Cross First Class 1939 with Brass Core

Naval Iron Cross First Class 1939 with Brass Core

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Here’s a great example of a non-magnetic brass core vaulted Iron Cross 1st Class. These brass core Iron Crosses were typically issued to the Kriegsmarine (navy) because they weren’t susceptible to rusting. On the front we see what is typical with these brass core crosses, which is wear to the raised areas (swastika and 1939 date). Otherwise the black paint coverage is about 90% overall.

Scarce 1942 Cholm Shield with Wool Backing & Original Paper

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Here we have a salty Cholm shield (the large “M” version) with a nice SS-cloth wool backing and backing paper. A little rust doesn’t dismiss the fact that this example has a ton of potential. One of the more rare version, the large “M” design doesn’t seem to come around very often...

1939 Iron Cross First Class by C.F. Zimmermann “L/52, 20”

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A very nice Zimmermann Iron Cross First Class, with standard Zimmermann pin and double proof marks, “L/52” and “20”. What is unique about this example is the double stamping of the “L/52” (see photos). The front of this 1st Class Iron Cross is typical for the maker with the correct “1939” font and other quality features we expect to see from Zimmermann...

Heer Grade Five Marksmen’s Lanyard

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Very nice, excellent condition first pattern (June 1936 - January 1939) Heer (Army) silver bullion Grade 5 Marksmen's Lanyard with braided cord. The stamped aluminum shield device in in exceptional condition, with 100% of its original detail still in tact. It doesn't get any better than this.

  • 25 Year Jubilee Spange to the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class

25 Year Jubilee Spange to the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class

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An absolutely gorgeous 25 year Jubilee Spange to the 1870 Imperial Iron Cross 2nd Class. This spange was authorized to be worn by recipients of the 1870 Iron Cross who were still in service in 1895, the 25 year anniversary...

Silver Infantry Assault Badge by BSW

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This is a late war, rare version of the Silver Infantry Assault Badge by maker BSW. Solid zinc construction with silver plating. The silver plating has diminished some over time, but is still about 50%, with a good deal of plating still remaining on the back side as well...

  • 1870 Iron Cross 1st Class

1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with 25 Years Jubilee Spange

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Here’s a fine, hard to find, and very old award, in exceptional condition for its age. This Franco-Prussian war 1870 / 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class includes its original ribbon and 25 years Jubilee spange. The cross itself has managed to retain all of its black paint...

German War Merit Cross – 1st Class

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This World War 2 German War Merit Cross, First Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1st class) with Swords for Combatants is in fantastic condition. Very little tarnishing or age shows on this piece, with a tremendous amount of detail preserved. The reverse is unmarked, but likely by maker Bauer or Deumer.

  • Deumer Iron Cross First Class 1939 Clamshell Screwback Spange (Clasp)

1st Class 1939 Clamshell Screwback Spange – by Deumer

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Here is a very nice Screwback type 1st Class Spange. These do not come up often, and when they do they typically command a premium. Our Spange is priced right considering overall condition and rarity. On the front we see excellent detail eagle’s wings, breast and head, with very little wear at all except the beautiful natural patina from age...

Iron Cross Second Class by J.E. Hammer & Sohne (55)

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A very nice WWII 2nd Class Iron Cross (EK2) by J.E. Hammer & Sohne. Stamped “55” on the ring, this Iron Cross has 100% of the black paint, even patina and a magnetic core. Multi-piece construction as expected.

German Cross in Gold — Cloth for Heer (Army)

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A nice Cloth Heer German Cross in Gold. This is perhaps one of the most collectible of all the German awards. An elegant 8-point sunburst with interweaving blue-gray cotton and silver/aluminum wire threads, terminating into a field-grey wool backing. The gold wreath is nicely detailed, with no signs of damage...

WWI Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class

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Here is a fine WWI Imperial German Iron Cross 2nd Class. These Iron Crosses varied in quality. You can see the unique non-uniform edges of the cut of this one. Has the expected magnetic core, 100% of the black paint (no chips), and a very nice, even patina to the metal. The ring is unmarked, which is not uncommon with these Imperial Iron Crosses.

Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold

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A very nice condition Luftwaffe Bombers Clasp in Gold, awarded for 110 operational flights. The winged bomb device at the center of the piece is separately applied, and retains approximately 50% of the original black finish. The detail of the oak leaves is superb, with only some minor dirt spots to note; no notable skuffs, scratches or other wear can be seen.

  • 1939 Spange 2nd Class (”Prinzen size”)

1939 2nd Class Spange (”Prinzen size”)

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This is a nice, clean “prinzen” (small) size Iron Cross 2nd Class Spange with correct smaller ribbon. The surface detail on the Spange is near 100%, with only very modest use wear. This is truly a nice example! Only under magnification can you see that there is some wear to the expected high areas such as the eagle’s talons and parts of the wreath...

  • 1870 Iron Cross First Class

1870 Iron Cross First Class

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Here’s a rare one, a vaulted 1870 Iron Cross first class with a couple of very nice, unique features that set it apart from the standard versions (possibly a private purchase example), including a brass or even copper core and a custom pin style. On the front we see some flaking to the black paint, which reveals an underlying copper/darkened brass tone.

  • Silver Wound Badge (92 - Josef Ruckert & Sohn) with Case

Silver Wound Badge (92 – Josef Ruckert & Sohn) with Case

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An absolutely stunning example of a Silver Grade Wound Badge here by maker number “92”, Josef Ruckert & Sohn. This wound badge has managed to retain all of it’s original silver wash, which is somewhat rare since many of these badges were constructed using a zinc base metal...