Jun 02, 2013, 09:51 PM
10K US Steel Medal
I found this US Steel medal this weekend but can't find out the maker or the age. I read USS gives gold medals to 45+ year employees so I'm not sure how this one came to be 10k at 25 years. It's damaged but it weighs 2.6 grams. So it's worth $50 or more melt value and a good find. I have to admit, I spotted it partially sticking out of the ground before I even got to it with the detector. ;o)
Jun 02, 2013 09:51 PM
Jun 02, 2013, 10:29 PM
Nice find Silvertip1958.
Jun 02, 2013, 11:38 PM
25 years of service with USS pin: Vintage USS United States Steel Corp 25 Year Service Pin Front | eBay
US Steel was the most prolific issuer of long service medals. The medals were issued for 10-50 years in 5 year increments. The 10-20 year versions are bronze, 25-45 year medals are sterling silver and the 50 year is gold. The medals come in 3 different versions; fob type loop, round loop and no loop. The 10-45 year medals were made by two makers and the gold 50year medals were made by at least 3 different makers. Workers got the medals on each of the 5 year anniv. dates and also got credit for the years that they worked for companies before US Steel bought them up. Many of the 50 year workers worked beyond their 50th anniv.!
Last edited by Mackaydon; Jun 02, 2013 at 11:42 PM.
Jun 03, 2013, 11:30 AM
Its not what detector you own, its what you do with it!
Cool find there
Jun 03, 2013, 01:37 PM
That's awesome !!
Keep @ it and HH !!
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Jun 03, 2013, 02:06 PM
Jun 03, 2013, 03:51 PM
Hey Makaydon, thanks for the info! I had read that but you wouldn't happen to know why this one was made in gold for 25 years? I couldn't find any evidence that they had ever done this.
Jun 03, 2013, 07:22 PM
The image I see of your pin does not look like it's composed of gold, NWS the backmark.
BTW, Welcome to Treasure Net !!
PS: This one confuses me. It appears as gold but the narrative I mentioned above states the 25-year pin should be silver.
Last edited by Mackaydon; Jun 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM.
Mar 20, 2014, 11:40 AM
I have a bunch!
My grandfather worked for US Steel and I have his set of service pins that say 'American Wire & Steel'. One says 'United States Steel'
They are all 10K gold filled. I have:
25 year tie tac
30 year tie tac
35 year tie tac
40 year lapel pin
45 year tie tac
40 year cufflinks
I've made the tie tacs into shirt studs
I get a value of 8-15 dollars each from other pins I've seen on eBay.