Badge of an Honored Employee of Mongolian State Security,
#943, circa 1940s-50s.
Silver, enamels, hallmarked and numbered; measures 44.4 x
26.1 mm; weighs 20.9 grams without the wing nut.
Manufactured in Moscow circa 1940-41, just before the
Patriotic War, this badge is of outstanding quality and very
intricate design. General outline of a shield is formed by
two red banners on the sides, silver sunburst at the top,
and green field at the bottom. In the center is multicolored
Mongolian state emblem of 1940 type depicting charging
horseman, animal heads, and Uighur writing at the bottom.
Under the emblem is white ribbon with Cyrillic abbreviation
for state security of Mongolia. Vertical sword goes under
the center part, its grip showing at the top and tip of the
blade at the very bottom of the badge. Reverse shows Soviet
sterling silver hallmark "916", assay mark and Cyrillic
maker mark МТХ ("MTKh") of the Moscow Cooperative of
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is
exceptionally well-preserved, almost pristine. There are
only a few of microscopic contact marks to the banner, no
wear visible to the naked eye. The enamel is completely free
of flaking or rubbing and retains magnificent luster
throughout. Unlike most badges of this type, raised details
of the center medallion are perfect and extremely crisp,
free of any wear.
The screw post measures nearly 11.5 mm long, has not been
shortened. Comes with original wing nut showing the logo of
Moscow Artists Cooperative and an additional MTX hallmark
matching the one the reverse of the badge. The threads are
in great shape, and the screw plate stays firmly on the
screw post when attached.
/See "Mongolian Orders, Medals & Badges" by Dr. A.
Battushig, p. 85, figures D 03 a, D 03 b/