Khalkin Gol Medal, Variation 2, Sub-variation 1, 1946
Silver-plated brass, enamels. The height is 38.3 mm measured
from the bottom to the top of the 12 o'clock point of the
banner (not including the flagpole finial), measures 37.4 mm
in width. This is Sub-variation 1, featuring less pronounced
indentations on the ornamental edge and flat reverse. Fine
quality of this badge is very characteristic of the Soviet
Mint manufacture. According to the Urnukh's catalog, a total
of 5504 of the Variation 2 badges of both sub-variations
were produced by the Soviet Mint.
In excellent, near mint condition. The enamels are pristine
everywhere, practically free of even microscopic flaws
(except for a couple of minuscule contact marks that are
almost impossible to find even under 10x magnification.) The
gold plating on the edge is intact and bright. The silver
plating on the cavalryman and horse shows no detectable wear
even on the high points, an extremely unusual case. The
reverse is likewise pristine and shows beautiful toning. The
screw post is full length, over 15 mm. Original mint marked
screw plate is included (note that the screw plate is made
of silver-plated brass but otherwise is of the same design
as was used on the Hero Stars). All-in-all, this is a superb
example, literally impossible to upgrade.
Awarded for participation in the 1939 battle against the
Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria, this badge was later
upgraded in rank to be considered a medal. The flat back
variation was issued mostly to Mongolian troops and also to
some of the Soviets who had not received the badge earlier.
According to the research by Khuujii, the date of
manufacture for all Variation 2 badges is 1946 and only 5504
in total were produced.
/Khuujii Urnukh, "The Orders and Medals of the Mongolian
People's Republic", pp. 180, 181/.