What did Maz Kanata give to Chewie in the end of the Episode IX? Have we seen this (golden?) object before? What makes it significant?

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    The medal that he was long denied. Also, dupe question supposedly.
    – Adamant
    Dec 20, 2019 at 22:40

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It’s one of the medals that Leia gives out at the end of A New Hope to Han and Luke. I’d imagine it’s Han’s and that’s why it was meaningful.

Luke and Han with their medals at the ceremony

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    The medal that Chewie should have got in the first place!
    – Moo
    Dec 21, 2019 at 0:46

As TheLethalCarrot said, it's one of the Alliance medals given to Luke and Han in A New Hope.

My interpretation of its significance had been that it's a response to Chewie not getting a medal after the Battle of Yavin, which some fans have seen as unfair (since he didn't do any less than Han), and which has had varying explanations and retcons over the years.

It's not clear whether Chewie getting the medal is an in-universe acknowledgement of his bravery during the Battle of Exegol, or if it really was just Han's and Maz Kanata had it lying around. He apparently did get a medal after Yavin according to Disney canon, so it would have to be either a retcon or a second medal, but he waves it around triumphantly after receiving it, so it would be odd if that was his reaction to receiving something of Han's. A third possibility is that it's just another medal of the same type, and has no deeper significance in-universe.

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