Maybe a little off course here but I thought it a good time to mention it.
Like everything else "Colt", as the price on these Python First Generation Stocks rises, we will certainly see medallion monkey business. Each of my 1st Gen Python Stocks show a characteristic that I think is impossible to fake and knowing what to look for could be useful for anyone searching for an original and authentic set.
Notice the verdigris (defined as a greenish or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate) which formed on the medallions underside. This is a medallion on a set of stocks I purchased a couple of years ago in the Colt Forum which were advertised as new and never mounted. I have to believe any attempt to replace a silver medallion for gold, will leave obvious re-forming evidence on the flange and will destroy the verdigris. Do any of your First Generation Python Stocks show a similar verdigris?