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    Gold Medal of Labor Hero of DPRK, Type 2, Variation 6, circa 1950s-60s.

    Gold Medal of Labor Hero of DPRK, Type 2, Variation 6, circa 1950s-60s. Early screw back type.

    This early type features a screw post was replaced by pin back on later issues. Medallion measures 37.5 mm in height including the eyelet, 33.4 mm in width; weighs 15.9 g not including the suspension and connecting link; overall weight with suspension and screw plate is 29.7 g. The factor that determines this to be a Variation 6 is raised inscription on the reverse: its second character from the left in the top line has a bar at the bottom that is bent slightly to the left; none of the other variations have a second character that looks the same.

    In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel is perfect. There are some minor dings to the hoe and hammer emblem, but details of the emblem, star, and starburst are nicely preserved and crisp. The eyelet is slightly bent backward, but it is still perfectly sound. The gilt finish is nicely preserved on both sides of the medallion and suspension. Comes with original and complete suspension device in silver, with attractive old ribbon which probably was never replaced but remains clean and sound. Connecting link between the medallion and suspension is original and has not been cut. Note the correct brass screw plate which closely resembles screw plates for the Soviet Hero Stars, although without the mint logo. The screw post is over 7 mm long measured from the back plate; it may have been reduced by a few mm for convenience, but its remaining length is more than sufficient for proper functionality.

    /See page 62 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler & McDaniel/


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