Original 1939 pattern, die struck, Tomak construction, solid backed badge with a GOLD wash. The gold badge is higher award than the black and silver. The badge was instituted in three classes, of black, silver and gold with the class bestowed reflecting the number or severity of the wounds received. The gold wound badge was the highest of the three classes and was awarded for five or more wounds, or if the individual was totally disabled. It was also awarded posthumously if the individual was killed in battle. 1939 pattern, die struck, alloy construction, solid backed badge with a gilt wash. The badge is in the form of an embossed, vertically oval, laurel leaf wreath encompassing an embossed profile of a M35 pattern helmet with a high relief, canted, swastika to the center, superimposed over crossed swords on a pebbled base field. Complete with original hinge, pin and catch assembly. Nice clean early example. Some wear and loss of finish from use otherwise in good condition with storage wear to the medal. Rare maker mark number 26 for maker (B.H. Mayer.). An honest untouched medal. 100% guaranteed to be authentic. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Please see our other versions of wound badges on our web site. RARE IN GOLD!