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    Lenin Prize Medal, #1874, with award document issued to Ekaterina Sukhanova in 1965.

    Lenin Prize Medal, #1874, with award document issued to Ekaterina Sukhanova in 1965.

    The medallion is in solid 23 K gold; measures 27.1 mm in width; weighs 20.4 grams without suspension and connecting link; overall weight with suspension is 27.8 g. Beautifully detailed bas-relief of Lenin in high tri-dimensional profile to the obverse. The reverse has a stamped serial number. The suspension is in silver gilt, measures 23.9 mm wide.

    The medal is in outstanding, excellent condition. The obverse is literally pristine, free of any wear visible to the naked eye. Even under 10x magnification, we could find no more than a few microscopic contact marks to the raised edge. The details of the bas-relief are perfect and exceptionally crisp. The reverse has a couple of miniscule ding to the field and a couple of similarly tiny, nearly unnoticeable dings to the raised edge, otherwise as pristine as the obverse of the medal. The stippling is perfectly preserved on both sides.

    The suspension is likewise essentially perfect, with intact gilt accentuated by nice patina to silver but not obscured by it. The old ribbon appears to be original to the medal. The connecting link is original and has not been cut.

    The document is a Lenin Prize Winner's ID (aka "Small Certificate" for the Lenin Prize) was filled-out on 21 April 1965. Similar in format to the ID of a Hero of the Soviet Union, it is bound in nice maroon leather with gold inscription "Laureate of the Lenin Prize" on the front cover. The document contains a photo of the recipient and specifies that the award was bestowed upon her on 21 April 1965 by a decision of the Lenin Prize Committee for the Field of Science and Technology. Note that the serial number of the certificate does not match the number of the medal, as is practically always the case (the numbers were not supposed to match). The document number 1836 is however extremely close to the award serial number 1874. The medal and document were originally acquired as a set long time ago, and in all likelihood, the two were indeed issued to the same person.

    The document is in excellent condition. There is very little wear to the cover; the leather is healthy, with attractive gloss. The internal pages are clean.

    The recipient, Ekaterina Sukhanova, was a prominent Soviet geological scientist who had made a key contribution to discovering and mapping exceptionally rich copper and nickel deposits in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, not far from the northern mining city of Norilsk. Her discovery, made in 1960 in cooperation with three other geologists (all of them men), was of tremendous importance for the economy of the Soviet Union. Even now, after more than half a century of active exploration, this area called Talnakhskoe Field is estimated to contain as much as 23% of all nickel ore deposits of Russia and over 11% of all of her copper. The filed also proved an important source of platinum, palladium, gold, cobalt and selenium.

    Item# 32996


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