Medal for Valiant Labor, Type 1, Variation 2, #21631, with
award document, awarded in October 1943 to Boris Zakharenko.
The medallion is in silver and enamels; measures 35.1 mm
wide. Stamped number sign "N" and hand-engraved serial
number. Comes with the second version of the Type 1
triangular suspension device in silver-plated brass
measuring 28.3 mm in height, 33.2 mm in width. The screw
post is thick as characteristic for this variation of the
medal, measures 3.9 mm in diameter.
The medal is in excellent condition. The enamel of the star
and letters is essentially perfect having only a couple of
microscopic contact marks invisible to the naked eye, no
flaking, rubbing or any other noticeable wear. The enamel
retains beautiful luster everywhere. There are a couple of
tiny dings to silver only, no bumps or scratches. Attractive
patina on both sides.
The suspension device is original and complete, including
triangular back plate, hexagon nut, and the screw plate with
"Monetnyi Dvor" logo. The ends of the connecting link are
soldered, and it appears to be original to the medal. The
old, almost certainly original ribbon is heavily worn and
tattered. It remains sound overall however, and in our
opinion, add tremendous amount of character to the medal.
The award certificate is of the early type, specifying the
name of the medal on the front cover. Shows document issue
date of 6 January 1944 and 1 November 1943 as the starting
date for special privileges accorded by law to the award
recipient (which means that the decoration was bestowed by
the official decree during the previous month of October.)
As common for the award documents of the period, there is an
ink stamp "Valid without a photograph" in the space provided
for the photo.
The document is in near mint condition, immaculately clean
and crisp. The front cover shows only miniscule amount of
wear; its cloth binding is perfectly sound and tight, and
the gold impression of the state emblem and inscription
completely intact and bright.