Counterfeit Badge

Obverse Design Badge is a counterfeit of BG-130.1, and appears identical at first glance. Badge is in the shape of a shield. Perched on top of the badge is an eagle with spread wings. The eagle's head is ducked down and looking up to its right (our left). The center has a seal on a stylized shield. The seal has another shield on it, two crossed rifles and a sword and some other details (all very small). To our left of the seal is a "FF" and to our right is an "DD". These initials are for "Fuerza Defensa" or "Defence Force". There is a curved smooth banner above the seal says "POLICIA" which means "POLICE". Below the seal is a large smooth square with the badge number of "0275". The entire badge except for the eagle has a raised rope edge. The badge has a textured background.
Reverse Design Probably a pin back. To be determined.
Metal Unknown. Gold or brass in color. Size and Shape About 47 mm wide by 65 mm high (1 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches).
Numbers Issued Pieces known include #0275 and #0392.
Source Levy Collection (#0275 pictured above), ebay sale by 'panamadave' (Dave Collar) of #0392 to 'tejodi5' (May 13, 2001, $23).
Varieties None known.

According to the manufacturers of BG-130.1, Foto Grabados Fundora of Panama, a production run of the FF DD Policia badges was never done. These badges are a counterfeit of the pattern, numbered as if they were production badges.

Differences are many upon close examination. The "FF" and "DD" are much larger on this badge. The "POLICIA" letters are taller and closer together. The seal is larger. The eagle has stylized feathers as opposed to sculptured. The rope edge is wider and more coarse. The background texture is more coarse as well. The badge numbers are smaller. The whole badge has a plastic-like coating (unlike the genuine badge), and the metal is different as well. In fact the metal is somewhat similar to that of FK-101.1 and FK-102.1. As well, it is about 2 mm wider than the BG-130.1. I would appreciate e-mail from anyone who can add anything to this information.