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Rare, Early-Mid 60's US Army 'Beer Can' DI Reported to be for the 509th Radio Research Group
ARTIFACT: Rare, early to mid 1960's United States Army 'Beer Can' distinctive insignia reported to be for the 509th Radio Research Group, members of the Army Security Agency (ASA) and tasked with gathering intelligence and monitoring communications. The DI is a figural head with orange, neck length hair, black eyes, white teeth, green 'skin' and business suit with a red bowtie. The reverse is two posts with clutch backs. 'Beer Can' DIs were made in Vietnam by using an acid etching process.
VINTAGE: Circa early to mid-60's
SIZE: Approximately 1-1/2" x 1-5/8"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Acid etched brass, nickel-plated with painted details.
ATTACHMENT: Two posts with plastic clutch-backs.
ITEM NOTES: This is from a US Army collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX16 LIEX5/16
CONDITION: 8- (Very FineExcellent): The distinctive insignia shows moderate wear, much of the painted details remain intact, overall very fine condition.