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    Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of a Hero of Socialist Labor, Type 2 Variation 2, #7063, awarded on 11 January 1957 to Ivan Vasilenko, director of the Topchikha Machine and Tractor Station, Altai Region.

    Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of a Hero of Socialist Labor, Type 2 Variation 2, #7063, awarded on 11 January 1957 to Ivan Vasilenko, director of the Topchikha Machine and Tractor Station, Altai Region. The name of the recipient has been determined using the serial number table in the reference guide Heroes of Socialist Labor by Vadim Latysh, C. 2020, Moscow.

    The medallion is in solid 23 K gold; the suspension device is in silver gilt. The medallion measures 33.0 mm in height including the eyelet, 30.9 .6 mm in width; weighs 16.3 grams not including the suspension and connecting link; overall weight with suspension and screw plate is 28.8 g. The medallion is approx. 4.3 mm thick in its mid-section and averaging approx. 1.6 mm thick at the tips of the arm, a so- called "thin" sub-variation. The serial number is stamped in small numerals on the upper arm, a distinguishing feature of the Variation 2.

    In very fine to excellent condition. The obverse shows only mild wear to the ridges and tiny dings that are barely noticeable without a magnifying glass, no major flaws of any kind. The facets are nice and clean, the details of the hammer and sickle emblem remain beautifully crisp, and the edges of the star are free of significant bumps. The reverse has a few minor dings to the raised edge, some tiny contact marks and mild wear to the tips of the lower points of the star; otherwise nearly pristine with perfectly preserved stippling and lettering.

    Comes with original suspension device which includes the original rectangular back plate, hexagon nut and mint marked screw plate. The original gilt finish is pale but still visible on all parts of the suspension. The screw post is nearly 12 mm long measured from the rectangular screw plate, has not been cut. The ribbon old but perfectly preserved and clean. The connecting link appears to be original and its ends are soldered.

    Overall, a very attractive example of the highest Soviet decoration for labor achievements!

    According to the information find on several Internet sites including wiki2.net (Russian version of Wikipedia), Ivan Vasilenko was born in 1894 in the village of Pokrovka in the Altai mountainous region of southern Siberia. Starting from the age of 12, he worked as a farmhand and after being conscripted into the Imperial army, took part in WW1. During the Russian Civil War, he joined the Bolsheviks and after becoming a member of the Communist Party in 1920, served as a Red Army political commissar.

    Being a trusted veteran and party member, in pre-WW2 years Vasilenko was appointed chairman of executive committees in various rural districts of his native Altai region and later, became the director of a machine and tractor station. In 1947, 1951 and 1957, he was "elected" a deputy of the Supreme Soviet (member of the government) of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The highest achievement of Vasilenko's career came in January 1957 when he was made a Hero of Socialist Labor by a decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. His award was one of several bestowed upon collective farmers and managers for successes in cultivating virgin or previously underdeveloped lands, a part of the Khrushchev's attempt to jump-start Soviet agricultural production. After his retirement, Vasilenko lived in the Moscow region where he passed away in 1985.

    Item# 35314

    $2,100.00  

     
       
     
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