NAZI Golden Party Membership Pin – This is the elusive 23mm sized example, which was meant to be worn on civilian outfits. It is a textbook example, the enamel does have some damage, please see photos. The reverse is setup for slipping into a lapel, so it is a button type. It is an early example with the Nazi membership number being 16481. Research has been done on this, and we will supply the buyer with the appropriate research information.
History: The NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), Golden Party badge was instituted by Adolf Hitler on October 13th, 1933 to reward those NSDAP members who had served the party continuously from February 27th, 1925, and held a party membership number of 100,000, or below. The originally bestowal of the badges was on November 9th, 1933, and further regulations dictated that Hitler held the right to render the award to personnel who had provided exemplary service to the NSDAP or Greater Germany. These secondary awards were bestowed annually on January 30th, and differ slightly from the original badges. The difference in the original issue badges and the secondary issue was that the original issues had the members NSDAP party number engraved on the reverse while the secondary, January 30th, issued badges had Hitler’s initials and the exact date of the award engraved to the reverse. The badge was awarded in two sizes with a small, 1", (23mm), diameter badge for wear on civilian clothing and a larger, 1 1/4", (30.5mm), badge for wear on political or military uniforms. The introductory regulations stated that the recipient must have continuous, unbroken service with the party and on leaving the party the badge could no longer be worn. The regulations also stipulated that on the death of the recipient the family may keep the badge as a memento. Of Note: Due to the "continuous" service clause in the award criteria, anyone who’s service time had been interrupted were ineligible for award of the badge. As a result of this criteria it is estimated that only about 24,000 badges were awarded out of the possible 100,000.