award document that accompanied every numbered NSDAP Golden Party
Badge was in the format shown to the right.
document was printed on a small piece of high quality paper in red
ink with metallic gold highlights and border. A facsimile of the
badge was printed at the top.
details of the award were filled in by hand, and included the recipient's
name, number, address and award date. Early awards appear to refer
to the recipient as "Herrn" or "Mister", while
later awards use "Pg." for "Parteigenosse" meaning
the bottom of the certificate is the original ink signature of Reichsschatzmeister
(Party Treasurer) Franz Xaver Schwarz, and the embossed seal of
the Reichsleitung. Schwarz's department within the NSDAP was responsible
for all aspects of the awarding of the Golden Party Badge. Schwarz
himself held Golden Party Badge no. 6 - the lowest number except
for Hess (3) and Hitler (1).
the preprinted document only seems to have been made with "193X"
for the year, and awards in the 1940s simply have the "3"
crossed out. This also shows that relatively few awards were made
after the initial awards in 1933-34.
translation of the award document is as follows:
for wearing the
National Socialist German Workers' Party
today been awarded the Honor Badge of the NSDAP. The right to
wear this Honor Badge ends on the day the recipient leaves the