Desktop plaque with sculptured profile of Yuri Gagarin,
world's first man in space, 1970s - 80s.
Manufactured of heavy material with a bronze coating and an
anodized aluminum frame. Diameter 4". Shows the name of the
artist of the original artwork on the shoulder: "N.
Made in the Leningrad Mint and so marked on the reverse. Has
a swivel base and a sturdy wire stand. Unlike some similar
pieces that we have seen, this has a keyhole shaped mount on
the reverse that can also serve as provision for hanging on
In excellent, near mint condition. There are none of the
usual dings and scratches visible; the finish is beautifully
even, free of scuffs, blemishes or oxidation spots. There
are only a few minor marks on the reverse, not detractive.
The original mold for this portrait was created by the
acclaimed Soviet artist Nikloay Sokolov, who won as many as
five Stalin Prize awards in the course of his career. He was
actually best known for his graphics, especially propaganda
cartoon drawings he made during WW2 as a member of famous
Kukryniksy team, but most collectors associate him with this
iconic likeness of Lenin and with a similarly iconic
likeness of Stalin. Similar mint-made plaques with the
portrait of Lenin created by Sokolov were manufactured by
the Leningrad Mint during the same era. The plaques with
Gagarin's portrait however were apparently produced in far
lesser numbers and as the result, they are much less common.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.