Khalkhin Gol Medal (aka Badge for the Battle at Khalkin
Gol), Variation 1, 1941- 1946 issue.
Brass, silver plating, enamels. Measures 37.2 mm in height
not including the flagpole finial, 36.7 mm in width. Fine
quality Type 1 badge featuring relief reverse construction,
manufactured by the Moscow Artists Cooperative (MTKh).
In outstanding, excellent condition - one of the best
examples we have ever seen. The enamel has no wear visible
to the naked eye. There are a couple of microscopic flakes
at the upper edge of the banner and a few contact marks
elsewhere, but none of them are detectable without a 10x
loupe. The enamel retains magnificent luster throughout.
The details of the horseman are perfect and exceptionally
crisp. Nearly all of the silver finish is still present
showing only tiny amount of wear to the highest point - a
very unusual case. The silver plating on the reverse of the
badge is absolutely pristine.
The screw post is full length, approx. 11 mm, and comes with
original wing nut marked "Moscow Artists Cooperative" which
is slightly loose on the top few mm of the screw post but
still fits tightly on the reset of it. Overall, this
Khalkhin Gol Badge is a truly superb piece - literally
impossible to upgrade for Variation 1.
The badge was awarded for participation in the battle
against the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria in 1939. The
relief reverse variation was manufactured prior to the
Patriotic War and issued during 1941 - 1946 period. Among
its 3000 recipients most were Soviet veterans of the battle
at Khalkhin Gol. Although it was initially called a badge,
this is essentially a campaign medal, and was later upgraded
in status in Mongolia to be considered just that.
/Khuujii Urnukh, "The Orders and Medals of the Mongolian
People's Republic", p. 179/.