Jetton for Winning the Second Place in Sharpshooting
Competition, 1928 issue.
In silver; measures 38.6 mm in height (incl. eyelets), 23.9
mm in width. Three-piece construction: the crossed rifles
and the red star are separate superimposed parts soldered to
the flat base with a bull's eye in the center. Note the
early style of the star featuring hammer and plow - as
opposed to the later, more common and familiar Soviet emblem
of hammer and sickle. The right eyelet has two silver
hallmarks of the style adopted in 1926 (it replaced the
Imperial era Kokoshnik hallmarks). The same eyelet has a
poorly struck maker mark on its reverse side.
There is engraved inscription "II Prize" and the year 1928
on the obverse. The reverse is inscribed in Ukrainian "To
the best rifleman of the team of VUTsVK [All-Ukrainian
Central Executive Committee] comrade Makarov".
The jetton is in very fine to excellent condition. The
enamel on the star is of "cold" variety, but it appears to
be quite old and may be original to the jetton. There are a
couple of very minor dings to the edge, but no scratches,
nicks or other significant wear. Details of the rifles are
perfectly preserved. Very attractive patina throughout. The
suspension chain is original.
The Central Executive Committee - commonly known by its
Russian acronym TsIK - was an early form of Soviet
legislative government existing on the All-Union (federal)
level as well as in each of the Soviet republics that were a
part of the USSR. In 1938, the name was changed to Supreme
Soviet and it remained so until the late 80s, almost through
the breakup of the USSR. It is of course very interesting to
see a sharpshooting award to a member or staffer of one of
the early Executive Committees. One must remember that the
old Bolshevik cadres would be hard hit by the Stalin's
repressions in the mid to late-1930s. Both the members of
the 1928 government and their awards had rather bleak
prospects of long-term survival.