Minesweeper War Badge, by C. E. Juncker


SKU: 01.GTR.0902.102.04.000

Estimated market value:

$120 USD

  • Minesweeper War Badge, by C. E. Juncker Obverse
  • Minesweeper War Badge, by C. E. Juncker Reverse

Estimated market value:

$120 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Tombac gilt/Silvered Tombac
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

Germany. A Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge, by Juncker

(Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch, U-Boot Jagd, und Sicherungsverbände). Constructed of gilded and silvered zink alloy; the obverse with a laurel wreath border and with a central area depicting a sea mine exploding in wavy water, and a national eagle clutching a swastika; the reverse plain, with a slender banjo style pinback, barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch; unmarked, but displaying the typical manufacturing characteristics of C.E. Juncker of Berlin; measuring 44.28 mm (w) x 54.51 mm (h); weighing 24.1 grams; in overall very fine condition.


The badge was instituted by the Supreme Commander of the Kriegsmarine, Erich Raeder. Its full name is Minesweeper, Subchaser, and Escort Vessel War Badge (Kriegsabzeichen für Minensuch-, U-Boots-Jagd- und Sicherungsverbände). It was awarded to German Navy personnel protecting German-controlled coastlines performing a variety of duties.

The badge was conferred at the recommendation of the ship’s captain, and was awarded for either the successful completion of three missions, being injured during an operational mission, serving on a ship that was sunk by the enemy, completing service in a heavily mined and dangerous zone, serving on an escort mission for a minimum of 25 days, or demonstrating outstanding conduct for a minimum of six months.

The badge was designed by Otto Placzek in Berlin.

The wreath and eagle are gilded, while the explosion in the water is silvered. The waves at the bottom are often chemically darkened, as is the reverse.

Badges by Juncker are unmarked. They are attributed to the company due to the hardware used. Badges are made of tombac. It is possible that the company used a second die to make zinc badges as well, but this is unproven at this time.


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