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    Gold Graduation Honor Medal of a Summa Cum Laude Military Academy graduate, 1957 - 1991.

    Gold Graduation Honor Medal of a Summa Cum Laude Military Academy graduate, 1957 - 1991.

    Silver, gold and copper alloy (Soviet "375 gold", equivalent of approx. 9 K gold content) with 23 K gold plating. Measures 26.1 mm diameter, 2.2 mm thick; weighs 11.0 g. Features Soviet military emblem of star with hammer & sickle, a book and a wreath, with raised inscription along the top edge "Armed Forces of the USSR". The reverse is inscribed "For excellent graduation of a military academy".

    In excellent, near mint condition. Shows no wear detectable by the naked eye; the details and stippling are pristine and beautifully defined. Completely free of the common edge knocks or nicks from gold testing.

    Issued to graduates of higher military colleges and academies for achieving excellent GPA. The gold medal was originally established in 1950; the early versions had the profile of Stalin and the name of the particular school that issued it. In 1959, at the peak of "de-Stalinization campaign" launched by Khrushchev, it was replaced with a generic gold graduation medal which no longer showed Stalin's portrait or identified the school.

    /"Avers 8" p. 503, fig. 2415 - note that the date of the institution of the "generic" medal is shown incorrectly in the book/.


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