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WWII US Army Silver Star Medal -
This is a good example o a WWII era Silver Star medal. The Silver Star was instituted by congress in 1918. The award is granted to personnel serving in any capacity for gallantry in action.
The box is covered with black plastic. Gold letters on top of the box spell the name of the award. Notice how the hinge of the box is covered by a flap of black plastic. Often times this flap would get torn from opening and closing the box many times.

The front of the medal is shaped like a star with a smaller star located in the center of a wreath. The back of the award reads "for gallentry in action" and provided a small soace where the name of the recipient could be engraved.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US medals and awards. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII medal or award worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the medals is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  2. Stamps and manufacturing markings
  3. Pins, hinges and other
  4. Construction materials
  5. Perspective view
  6. Purchasing WWII US medals

The body of the medal is attached to the ribbon via a square hanger. The award is a pin back construction.

A ribbon was issued with every award. The box had a space where the ribbon is placed.

This US medal is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this medal. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII medals, you can do so by going to our WWII US medals identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for WWII US medals and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $65.00 $75.00 $95.00 $120.00 $120.00
Availability Common Common Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B A A A

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