Medal of Sino-Soviet Friendship, 1951 issue.
Brass, enamels; measures 42.2 mm in height (incl. eyelet),
37.2 mm wide. The obverse shows national flags of the USSR
and People's Republic of China and the motto on the red
scroll "Long Live Sino-Soviet Friendship!" The reverse has
raised inscription "People's Revolutionary Military
Committee of the Central People's Government of the Chinese
People's Republic" and the 1951 issue date.
Very fine condition. The enamel on the flags shows
scratches and rubbing, but no chips or flaking. There are
tiny flakes and wear to enamel on the flags, no penetrating
chips. The details are well preserved. The medal comes on
original ribbon, complete with original tin star (this part
was rather flimsy and prone to breaking off on the early
versions of the medal, and is often missing on the surviving
examples of this award).
Established in 1951, the Sino-Soviet Friendship Medal was
issued to Soviet military and civilian personnel helping the
Chinese during and after the Korean War. The 1951 issue is
the earliest type and perhaps the most sought after version
of this award. Unlike the later types, the 1951 version was
awarded almost exclusively to the military, including Soviet
airmen and others directly involved in fighting.