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Hi, I'm sure this gets asked a lot but i was wondering what you look for when looking to see if an Iron Cross is fake. This applies to both wars and 1st and 2nd classes. Cheers Arran
Next added to my collection is a Austrian 1908 Crown Jubilee Cross for Civil Servants. Quotes from elsewhere: The Civil Servant Medal is distinguished by the colour of the ribbon in solid red While this exact version is civilian and not military, I quite like it for a few reasons. First the medal itself is quite sharp looking, the wreath around the bust with the cross is a nicer presentation than a standard circular medal. Further, in true Austrian fashion it is award as an affinity to the ruling Emperor. The Austrian empire being so much more of service to the Hapsburg family than necessarily nationalism.
As mentioned, getting into Austrian medals at the moment so here is the first I just got in: Austrian General War Service Medal, sometimes also called the Campaign medal. From the 1873 Jubilee of the Emperor, troops received this medal rather than a specific campaign medal. Austria loved to keep things cheap and I suppose one medal rather than many made it cheaper to produce! The official statement on the Austrian government War Memorial website is: