A very small detail overlooked in literature regarding the Bavarian Bravery Medal Kinast Type 2 coinages is the die mark found on the lower reverse of the medal (Types 2a and 2b). This die mark is a what appears to possibly be a letter “P” next to the numeral “1”. This “P 1” mark that can be seen on the lower reverse of the Bavarian Bravery Medal to left of the shield on the “shelf” that supports the shield and the lion. This marking has been observed on Kinast Type 2a silver medals, and Kinast Type 2b silver and gold medals. It is also found on the silver-gilt “gold” medals that were struck utilizing the Type 2b reverse die. The purpose of this mark is unknown. What is certain is that it was a mark intentionally made on the die by the die-sinker.
Kinast Type 2a Reverse (Silver):
Kinast Type 2b Reverse (Silver):
Kinast Type 2b Reverse (Gold):
Kinast Type 2b Reverse (Silver-Gilt):
Comparing the details regarding the die marks on the reverses of the medals featured above, it can be concluded that the same die was used to strike the reverses of all of the medals shown. No Kinast Type 2a Gold medal was available for this study. Therefore, no data is available regarding such pieces. In summary, at least four (4) types of Bavarian Bravery Medals which were struck with the same reverse die are known to exist and may be encountered: Type 2a Silver, Type 2b Silver, Gold, and “Gold” (Silver-Gilt). These medals all have the “P 1” reverse die mark.
In contrast, the reverse of the Kinast Type 2c Silver Bravery Medals were struck with a different die. The reverse detail of these medals features a lion with a protruding tongue. An inspection of Kinast Type 2c Silver Bravery medals reveals that the reverses are lacking in the “P 1” die mark. Instead, there is an extremely faint mark that looks like the top of a “1” to the left of the shield on the “shelf” supporting the shield and lion. However, this mark is so insignificant that it can be considered an anomaly and not an intentional mark. It is believed that the Type 2c medals were distributed after the conclusion of the Great War and after the fall of the Bavarian Monarchy. No Kinast Type 2c Gold medal was available for this study. So no data is available regarding such pieces.
Kinast Type 2c Reverse (Silver):
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- Kinast, Walter. Die Prägevarianten der königlich-bayerischen Militär-Verdienst-Medaille im Vergleich. Militaria & Phaleristik. Magazin für Sammler militärhistorischer-und zeitgeschichtlicher Antiquitäten. Nr. 1, Mai – August 2018. ISSN 2570 – 110X. Verlag Weber, Schönau.
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