Medal of People's Performance Artist of the USSR, 1985-1991.
In gilded tombak and lacquer. The pendant measures 24.7 mm
in height (incl. eyelet), 22.8 mm in width; weighs 7.1 g not
including the suspension and connecting link; total weight
with suspension is 12.8 g. Raised late type circular logo of
the Moscow Mint to the reverse of the medallion. Late
version without the raised numeral sign № and underline for
a serial number.
The medal is in excellent, near mint condition. The lacquer
finish on the obverse is pristine, without any wear visible
to the unaided eye. The stippling on the reverse is perfect.
The pin attachment is in perfect order; the connecting link
is original and has not been cut. The old, probably original
ribbon is perfectly preserved and shows no fading or
The title of People's Performance Artist of the USSR
(Narodnyi Artist in Russian) was the highest level of
recognition for all kinds of performers including
cinematographic actors, opera singers and ballet dancers. It
was exceptionally difficult to earn: even some of the most
popular and beloved Soviet movie stars never reached this
coveted degree having to be content with lesser titles such
as people's artist / honored artist of various Soviet
republics. Most available sources agree that the title of
People's Performance Artist of the USSR was bestowed upon
1006 people in total. Not all of them received the medal: it
was introduced only in 1985 and henceforth issued only to
the bearers of the title who were still alive.
/"Avers 8", p. 227, fig. 1104/.