A nice, early WWI U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal in its original numbered box that remains in excellent condition. The bronze planchet is extremely well struck and exhibits very sharp detail. It is numbered, “No. 46639” on the rim. The planchet is suspended from the original ribbon which is strong, without fraying and with vibrant color. The medal is mounted on a pin back broach that is with functional pin and roller locking assembly. The front of the broach bears the title, “U.S. Marine Corps”. The white cardboard box has two sprung corners on the lower section but retains the original tissue paper the medal was wrapped in from the factory. The top of the box has a white label that reads, “Marine Corps Good Conduct – M 46639” matching the number on the medal.
In the fine U.S. medal reference book, THE CALL OF DUTY, Roger Bender notes that regarding the World War I Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the serial number range of 20,000 to 70,000 were World War One issue and typically not engraved for those marines who enlisted only for the duration of the war. However, career enlisted personnel continued to receive hand-engraved and hand-numbered medals.