Orders & Medals Society of America Forums American Medal Collecting Federal Medals Gold metal or gilded by Mint or recipient?

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    I recently bought a group of USN medals –

    CGM dated 1933, either HEAVILY guilded post engraving or made by the mint in a gold coloured metal, I suspect the former?

    Also his Expert Rifleman medal is in a similar condition but seems to be a less vibrant gilt!?

    His Yangtze medal is ungilded…


    As far as I know, the manufacturing specs never called for gold or gilt medals, and none were made by the mint or commercial manufacturers for government issue. The Navy & MC regs for WEAR require an "anodized" finish which is commonly 22 kt plated gold and are sold commercially.

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