Late in 1979, the price of silver rose dramatically compelling the National Office to change the metal content of the Eagle Scout medal from Sterling silver to a non-precious medal. The Stange type 5 medals were silver plated copper, oxidized to black, buffed and lacquered. Sterling silver medals were also available upon request.
The manufacturer's hallmark, a stylized 'S', is on the tail feathers on the reverse side of all pendants. It is usually also on the back of the scroll. All the pendant backs of this type have full feathers.