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July 16, 2004

Would this badge have fooled you? If so, you need to get the BADGE GUIDE!

First, this ranks as a “fake”. This badge is not even close to what the ALASKA STATE TROOPERS issue to the sworn department personnel. There are so many things wrong with the badge that it is impossible to know just where to start.

The die design of this badge is wrong. The word TROOPER is wrong. The bear on the top is wrong, and on and on and on. To any serious collector, this badge is absolutely worthless. This die is probably used mostly for fire fighter badges in California, and is certainly something someone has made up, probably to sell for a few extra dollars to some totally uneducated collector. This one is SO bad that I even had reservations about posting it in this section.




July 16, 2004

Although the BADGE GUIDE does not generally deal with the older badges, when we run across a reproduction or a fake that you should know about, you will see it pictured and described here in the ALERTS pages.

The reproduction of the old Alaska Territorial Police by the GOde Company in Germany is quite good. They have captured most all of the details of the older ATP badge, and have added their hallmarks on the back. The older ATP badge can be very hard to find, and when you do fine a valid old badge, it can be very difficult to document whether it is really a “department issue” or just another copy of this badge. When looking at the older badges, always look for wear!

It is impossible to put a value on this reproduction. I do not know what GOde charges for their copies, but I certainly would not consider this a valid collectable by any means, especially if you are a serious collector of the older “department issue” badges. Just be aware that it is out there and that this very good reproduction is showing up on the collectors market these days.

Our publication tells the secrets of telling a "department issue" badge from a fake or a reproduction. Should you encounter a badge that you have questions about, do send us a copy of the photos, front and back. This will
help us in our efforts of telling other collectors what is out on the market these days. Should you encounter a state patrol badge and have questions about it, send us a photo of the badge, back and front, and let us give you an opinion. Remember, it is your input that alerts us to the fakes and reproductions that are out there. Support this site by telling us of questionable badges. Our BADGE GUIDE will assist you in collecting only valid badges, and will advise on a bracket price for each state.