The officers bronze badge was quoted as being 2/6d each - no tax due to unit being across the pond. Collars were also to be in bronze at 5/ per pair while the yellow metal type was 1/3 each.
Since we do not see hardly any bronze cap badges ( the original order requested by Churchill was to be 100 ) - and one or two supposedly seen in photos could also be embroidered as they also exist - and the lapel badges ended up being brass, one can deduce that either a supply difficulty occurred OR Churchill and the boys just came to the conclusion that it would be a heck of a lot cheaper and expedient to buy everything in brass. So the only bronze floating around are those produced as samples by Gaunt, the few ( recorded initially as only one badge) sent to the unit as smaples and possibly those made up after the war for whatever purpose.
As for cost of Die here is some info on the procurement of badges for the VIII Recce Regt. (14 H)
The Company manufacturing badges ---Goldsmith & Siliversmith Co, 8 Regent St. London.
Dies purchased - Badge Cap, Badge Collar (Off), Button - 3 sizes (Off).
Cost of Cap Die - 10 pds ( This is just to make the die, not to own it )
Number of Badges purchased --- 800
These were purchased through regimental funds and sold to the O.Rs.
Purchase made --- June 1941
Cost -- 3/6 each
It is also recorded that several dies were made during the process by other companies...19 January 1943.
---From enquiries made it would appear that Goldsmiths Co. still have the original die resulting from the action taken by the Regiment indepently. A second die would be in possesion of J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. resulting frm the requst of the 8th Recce Regt.
Anyway some interesting info from a unit in a similar situation as 1CACR.