He stated that I have an extremely rare, likely unique example that is "important", for these reasons: 1Of the few known examples of this very rare medal (there are no records of this medal ever appearing for sale anywhere, auctions included), the top bar reads "COMRADE". On my example, it reads "HONORARY MEMBER". There are no examples of this medal known where it has these words, and not "comrade".
2The other examples are not engraved with the persons name to who it was presented to, so unless there are iron-clad documents that can prove who it was awarded to, there is no way to know who it was given to. This medal appears to be given to the Louis Stern who is mentioned in the 1905 New York Times article.Pickups in person are welcome I'm in New York City. The item "Civil War Bronze Medal Badge Hebrew Union New York Veteran Antique Jewish UNIQUE" is in sale since Wednesday, October 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Medals, Pins & Ribbons". The seller is "shmaltzy" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.