Medal of Sino-Soviet Friendship, 1953 issue.
Brass, enamels; measures 44.3 mm in height (incl. eyelet),
39.2 mm wide. The obverse shows national flags of the USSR
and People's Republic of China and the motto on the red
scroll "Long Live Sino-Soviet Friendship!" The reverse has
raised inscription "People's Revolutionary Military
Committee of the Central People's Government of the Chinese
People's Republic" and the 1953 issue date.
Very fine condition. There are small chips and surface
flakes to enamel in the upper corner of the Chinese flag and
the edges of the scroll, as well as some scratches, few
dings that resulted in darker areas around them, and minor
contact marks throughout. The enamel nevertheless appears
very presentable and retains great deal of original luster.
There are no large penetrating chips, repairs or other
The raised details of the artwork are well preserved. There
is attractive even patina to the brass on both sides, no
The medal comes with a well-preserved original ribbon which
includes connecting link sewn-in to the ribbon and a
primitive pin attachment on the back. The tin star that was
once on the ribbon is missing (this part was rather flimsy
and prone to breaking off on the early versions of the
medal, and it is often missing on the surviving examples of
Established in 1951, the Sino-Soviet Friendship Medal was
issued to Soviet military and civilian personnel the Chinese
during the Korean War. The early versions of the medal had
date of issue in raised numerals on the reverse, whereas the
later ones did not have a date. The last of the dated
issues, from 1953, is relatively uncommon.