Pacific star - two stars completely different

December 28, 2012

Hi there,

My grandfather has a Pacific Star. He was in the RAN. My husbands uncle has a Pacific Star. He was in the Aust

Both stars look completely different. But essentially the same design.

My grandfathers is a dull copper colour, deep in the pattern you can see it may have had a brighter colour, the moulding finished very well, the ring is soldered seamlessly and it has no stamp of his name on the back.

My husband's uncles is bright golden in colour, finish is rougher some pooling, the ring is soldered not very well with some solder not rubbed down and it is stamped with his service number and name.

Is there a reason why these look different? 

Both were locked up in cupboards. The shinier one was in a scrap of tissue paper. Neither saw sun or wear. Neither are mounted.

What confuses me is that my grandfather's does not have his name stamped on it.

I've read that the British Commonwealth Pacific Star's did not have the name impressed on them.

Could they have used British ones for some Aussies?

Have you any ideas?

Many thanks,


I am only aware of one type of Pacific Star, it was an Imperial Campaign Medal and mine has my name on its reverse side.

See this note on the Pacific Star and note the fact that Stars issued to Australian personnel their names engraved on the plain reverse. The ribbon is reported as being designed by King George V1.

Pacific Star "The Pacific Star was awarded for operational service in the Pacific theatre between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945..."

Campaign Medals - World War Two 1939-1945 "For service during World War II Australian personnel were awarded Imperial campaign medals. The same medals were issued to all Commonwealth personnel..."

Hope this helps.

Best wishes.

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