Patriotic Militaria Series

Battlefield Cross 1 oz .999 Pure Copper Round
Battlefield Cross 1 oz .999 Pure Copper Round

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Battlefield Cross 1 oz .999 pure copper round

When the “Battlefield Cross” first appeared is a matter of conjecture.  It is possible that it was during the Civil War, signifying a deceased soldier to be gathered and buried during a truce called for that purpose.  The fallen soldiers were buried in graves in makeshift cemeteries near the battlefields, marked only by a simple wooden plaque.  During both World Wars, the configuration of the rifle pointed down, with the helmet perched on the stock was a common site.  It still acted as a marker so that the Graves Registration Service personnel could retrieve the body for burial, and it also started to act as a memorial.

By the time of the Korean War, changes were made to the process of handling the deceased soldier.  Instead of burying the soldiers in temporary military cemeteries, they were removed to staging sites to be readied for shipment to Japan and ultimately home.  The battlefield cross took on more significance during this time, as a way to provide closure for the fallen soldier’s comrades.

Comes in a 2" x 2" clear vinyl presentation sleeve

Diameter = 39 mm (1.54 in.) ~ Slightly larger than a US Silver Dollar
Thickness = 2.5 mm (0.098 in.)
Gross Weight = 1 Avoirdupois ounce (28.35 grams)

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