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Yes, it's an ealry modern STM, dating from somewhere between the late 1980s and the 1990s pre-1998. mrpeebee might be able to narrow it down further.
 

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Why do these particular STM's have the bad discoloration in the gold? I thought gold plate doesn't tarnish. This looks disgusting.
 

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Why do these particular STM's have the bad discoloration in the gold? I thought gold plate doesn't tarnish. This looks disgusting.
The lower the purity of the gold, the more it could tarnish. 24K gold doesn't (or at least isn't supposed to), 14K and less can. Though I thought Links were 24K gold plated, I guess maybe not?
 

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Why do these particular STM's have the bad discoloration in the gold? I thought gold plate doesn't tarnish. This looks disgusting.

Maybe the gold plating has worn off and the silver underneath has tarnished?
This ^^^.

Those layers can worn due to ligatures and the bare brass can tarnish like that. Florida Link's (produced before the Babbitt period started in 1974) had Nickel plating under the Gold layer, which holds up longer than Silver plate (used since Babbitt produces Links).
 
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