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Great Northern Railway Co. "Hill" Special Agent railroad police badge in 14K Gold

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Posted 7 years ago

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A rare 14K gold presentation badge presented by Louis W. Hill President of the Great Northern Railway Company in 1908 to his 12 loyal Regional Special Agents. Badge is one of 3 known to exist. Badge is hallmarked "Robbins Co. Attleboro, Mass." on rear and is about the size of a silver dollar. The center image is that of Louis Hill. The badge was found in a Coin & Jewelry Auction in Naperville, Illinois in November, 2011. It goes to show that you never know where interesting old railroad artifacts will show up. I have been collecting railroad police badges for 38 years and this is considered the "Holy Grail" of railroad police badges.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks for sharing-- these are beautiful.

    Most badges posted on here are modern reproductions of Western Star badges.

    Thanks for sharing some of your rare items.

  2. rrbadges, 7 years ago
    Hi Scott: Thanks for your kind comments! Yes, they are beautiful. I collect early railroad police badges with a fondness for 14K gold presentation pieces. I have been searching for the "Hill" badge for 38 years. I never thought I'd locate one until one showed up in the Fox Vally Coin Auction in Naperville. Do you collect old badges? Chip
  3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    I don't collect railroad badges, but I do collect military related ones-- ID badges, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), and reunion related.

    I DO collect photographs of folks wearing badges (as well as early RR photographs)!

    Pls share more of your collection as time permits.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Here is an example of the type of badge in my collection:

  5. rrbadges, 7 years ago
    Hi Scott: I will put a few more up this site. I have been collecting early railroad police badges for many years, along with early Coal & Iron Police badges. I also like early 1st issue major city badges. Chip

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