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On a fairly regular basis, I've come across medals in white medal with copper plugs "as issued". Does anyone know what purpose the plugs served?


Here's an example from Hedley Betts' site.



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Good question. I have always assumed it was an attempt to make it harder to copy the medal. Do not remember seeing anything written on the reason for it though.


When you see a plugged medal advertised, it often states 'the plug shows the medal is an original' which tends to bear out my theory.

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The only other possibility I can think of is the copper plug was inserted to distinguish between WM medals & silver ones, perhaps ordered by some government act.



The English Rose Farthing 1625-1649, during the reign of Charles I, had a brass wedge inserted into the copper as an anti-forgery device.

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