Identification Bar. A suspended or affixed strip of metal with inscription giving supplemental status to a medallic item. An identification bar can be attached to a ribboned medal or by chains or otherwise attached to a medal. The inscription identifies the person who wears it as a status, membership or class of that medal. It is a means of producing many classes to one organization or group, as rank, class, year, campaign, office, official duty, post, lodge, state, region or other division; of the larger organization.Examples include a national convention medal where each can have one of 50 state member bars; or a war medal with one of several campaign bars. Such bars always bear inscription even if only a date. See bar.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor