The United States Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself " Conspicuously by gallant and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States" - because of the nature of its criteria, the medal is often awarded posthumously.
For us, military collector's of rare Orders and Medals rightly or wrongly, it is the most highly prized out of all the world's military collectables. We, here at Elitemilitaria get asked at least once a week if we have a Medal of Honor for sale, mainly from collector's in the United States, that know that it is protected under United States federal law under the Stolen valor act of 2005, with a special task force within the FBI who's sole purpose is to hunt down anyone who illegally owns or sells a Medal of Honor, the fine being $100,000 USD or 1 year jail.
Quite often we are able to obtain one, so if you are interested, watch this website.
There are 4 main types of Medal of Honor's on the world collectable market today, which is only illegal for a citizen of the United States to buy, this law does not apply to collector's from the rest of the world, hence you constantly see the Medal of Honor for sale, mainly on German eBay and UK eBay, most of them being fakes made in Germany and China. We will get into the specifics in a minute.
There is the ultra scarce and un-obtainable, named with the recipients name on the reverse, as awarded to a veteran by the US Government. There are a few named originals in private collections around the world, the collector's value for a genuine named Medal of Honor would be around $250,000 to $300,000 USD mainly from WWII to the Vietnam War.
Civil War and Indian Wars Medal Of Honor named are more common and are being offered for $10,000. USD most are sold now through dealers in Canada as it was easier just to take them across the border and sell them on, before the ban came into effect.
From the early 1960's to the late 1970's authorized US manufacturers of the Medal Of Honor were very greedy and sold genuine Medal Of Honor's to dealers within the United States, just as it is still happening today for all the other US gallantry decorations for sale, especially on eBay, these dealers sold these genuine Medal Of Honor's onto collector's whether you were entitled to the Medal Of Honor or not, which at the time was quite legal, hence there are thousands of originals floating around all over the world. Most were sold out of the United States before legislation was passed to ban the Medal Of Honor, we find most of them are in the hands of the big and well known medal dealers in the United Kingdom. An un-named MOH made in the 1960's sells for around $4000.USD.
The most common found in collections, classed as genuine 'illegal' version, is 1 out of the 300 estimated (probably more like a thousand) Medal of Honor's made by HLI Lordship Industries Inc., a former Medal of Honor contractor to the United States Government, who were fined and lost their Government contract in 1996 for selling 300 Medal of Honor's through the back door for $75.USD each! The US Government calls these 'fakes' - we collector's class them as 'illegal originals' made by the same manufacturer that supplied the US Government. Currently a cased HLI Lordship set sells for between $2200 to $2750.USD
The current situation on mainly German eBay is that a fake cased set of the US Navy Medal of Honor is being sold as an original to the unsuspecting collector for up to 1000. Euros - every week on German eBay you see these for sale. The Germans make the finest quality US Navy Medal of Honor, the strike and detail is near perfect as expected from German precision workmanship, and only the US Navy Medal of Honor is copied, because it is just plain metal, with no elaborate green enamel work as found on the US Army and US Air Force MOH; so easy to copy, please view the detailed pictures provided of the German copy.
GERMAN MADE COPIES
ORIGINAL CURRENT US NAVY MEDAL OF HONOR BELOW AS AWARDED BY THE US GOVERNMENT
Then there are the Chinese copies of the US Army Medal of Honor and the US Air Force Medal of Honor, again mainly sold on German eBay and UK eBay, the quality and the detail is poor, the enamel work is terrible, the medals suspension system is a joke when you compare it to an original, the inscription on the reverse, a bigger joke and the writing style and placement is incorrect 'In the name of the Congress'. Recently on German eBay, some poor German collector paid over 600.Euros for one of these worthless Chinese pieces of junk .
CHINESE COPY BELOW OF US ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR
ORIGINAL US ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR (BELOW) AS AWARDED BY THE US GOVERNMENT
If you find a US Medal of Honor anywhere on the internet, please contact us before wasting your hard earned money, we will be more than happy to get back to you quickly, and to let you know if it is a genuine item. We just want to help you make the right investment decision.
The United States Medal of Honor recipients deserve our highest respect and gratitude for their self sacrifice, together we will not stand by and let the fraudsters cheapen the honor of these American hero's.