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The German Cross is known by collectors today to be one of, if not the most, stunning and desirable award to have in their collection! We have here an Early - Heavy Version (76gr) Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (DKiG) by Fritz Zimmermann of Stuttgart. The Gold German Cross was awarded to military personnel to recognize repeated acts (6-8) of bravery or exceptional command in combat. It is constructed out of a die struck, five piece construction, made of a; light cupal base, white aluminum core, gold gilded tombak wreath, and contains red and black enamel work. The obverse features a large centrally placed raised black enamel mobile swastika, on a smooth white/silver aluminum base, which is then surrounded by a gold gilded tombak laurel leaf and ribbon wreath that is marked “1941” to the bottom and lies on a red enamel base. This is all then on a two piece backend and silvered eight point sunburst pattern backing. The full back reverse correctly shows; four embossed rivets, a soldered c-shaped catch, soldered oval base plate sheet metal hinge and a solid tapered flatwire pin which is maker marked with a recessed “20” (Fritz Zimmermann, Stuttgart) to the interior. There is minor age fading and wear to the aluminum. The gilding to the wreath is just beautiful, the dark black enamel on the swastika is 99%+ and the blacking and silver wash to the sun burst is wonderful! It measures approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and tall. A desirable early heavy variation.
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