ARMY WOUND BADGE – GOLD. The Army Wound Badge was first authorized on 3 March 1918. It was awarded in three grades. The lowest grade, 3rd Class (Black) was given for one to two wounds. The 2nd Class (Silver) was awarded for three to four wounds. The highest grade, 1st Class (Gold), was awarded for five or more wounds, or the loss of a limb or an eye in combat. It also could be awarded posthumously.
Our offering today is the 1st Class in gold. The award is stamped. The surface shows an interesting patina with black toning in small areas. A pin is in place on the reverse. The badge shows clear age and is a fine example.