This is a beautiful World War II U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Type I Sterling Purple Heart Medal in the very early purple coffin type case that is in near mint condition. The planchet retains all its original gilt finish and is without wear. It is suspended from its original ribbon which remains strong, solid and with excellent color. The ribbon is as crisp and clean as the day it left the factory. It is mounted on the classic split broach that is complete with its fully functional pin and roller lock catch assemblies. The purple case is beautiful with only the slightest of wear to the corners of the exterior as normally encountered. The interior purple velvet base is completely intact with only the hole made by the pin of the broach to hold the medal in place.