|Alan V. Weinberg comments: A hand-engraved awardee inscription is usually more desirable than an unawarded specimen as the inscription may include the date and the nature of the award's accomplishment (i.e best steer, an invention or a popular subject like dentistry or photography or map making)or even an historically recognizable name. But too many inscribed medals have been mishandled or polished or even scratched to test their metallic content. While an unawarded specimen often escapes these problems. So give me an unawarded but pristine medal anytime over a harshly cleaned, marred awarded medal. Unawarded.