German WWII Mine Rescue Medal-This rare medal was only issued in very small numbers. The official German designation for this award was “Grubenwehr-Ehrenzeichen,” sometimes translated as “Mine Rescue Service Decoration”. This medal was instituted in 1936 and was awarded to members of the mine rescue service who risked their lives so save others during a mine disaster. It was also awarded as a long service award. This example retains the majority of its silver finish and is very nicely toned. It is made of tombac and shows only light wear to the high details. The obverse of this medals shows a striking spread wing eagle with crossed mallets. The eagle clutches the swastika in a wreath. The reverse of this Mine Rescue Medal has a little more toning. The inscription reads “Für Verdienste im Grubenwehrwesen” (For Services in Mine Rescue) and is very clear. This medal is complete with its correct original ribbon that is extremely clean with no toning or discoloration. This scarce award remains in a strong excellent condition. It’s a great example.