Felix Dzerzhinsky Centenary, commemorative table medal,
In Bronze, diameter 60 mm. Obverse features Dzerzhinsky's
portrait. On the reverse is the inscription "In
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Birth" and at
approximately 5 o'clock position near the edge, circular
mint mark of the Moscow Mint and a 1977 date.
This medal was designed by the artist Bichukov; it was
struck at the Leningrad Mint in 1977. The total circulation
was only 1350, a relatively small number by the Soviet
standards and interestingly, about half the circulation of a
larger, 85 mm medal struck during the same year by the
Leningrad Mint to celebrate Dzerzhinsky's centenary. Comes
with a large fitted issue box wrapped in red leatherette,
with interior lined in burgundy velvet.
Both the medal and the issue case are in excellent
Historical note: a native of Poland, Dzerzhinsky was among
the closest allies of Lenin and the chief architect of the
Soviet Secret Police (Cheka / OGPU). Dzerzhinsky
commemorative medals such as this one were usually issued to
high ranking KGB officers, VIP retirees, and important
/See "Commemorative [Table] Medals of the Soviet Period,
1919-1991", fig. 1067/.