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NAZI GERMAN CROSS IN GOLD FOR GALLANTRY

*** RESERVED *** Exceptional quality heavy version German Cross in Gold with Herstellernummer Maker's Mark of "20" to reverse of pin, denoting C.F. Zimmermann, with golden laurel wreath border displaying the Foundation year of 1941, and black enamelled swastika on silver background with only age patina tarnishing.
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The German Cross (Deutsches Kreuz) was instituted by Adolf Hitler on 28 Sep 1941 and awarded in two divisions: gold for acts of bravery in combat, and silver for distinguished non-combat war service. The German Cross in Gold ranked higher than the Iron Cross First Class but below the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, with around 25,000 awarded in number.

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