Soviet Award Badge for 50 Years of Membership in the
Communist Party, circa mid to late 1980s.
Silver gilt, enamels; measures approx. 16.5 mm in height x
15 mm in width. This badge was designed to be worn on lapel
and to look like a miniature Order of Lenin. The Russian
letters КПСС on the red banner is abbreviation for the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). The reverse
shows raised logo of the Moscow Mint, the late version
featuring solid semi-circular line forming the outer part of
the letter "D".
The badge is exquisitely well made, far better than most
other Soviet badges of the period. Even the pin attachment
is of superior quality.
Excellent, near mint condition. The enamel is perfect,
without any chips, noticeable flaking, or scratches. The
gilt finish is nice and bright, although it shows some
patina that has come from the silver beneath.
This badge was issued in very limited quantity, exclusively
to those who had been in the CPSU for at least 50 years.
Some misidentify it as "50 years of the Communist Party"
badge, but this was definitely an award for being a member
of CPSU for 50 years - not just a commemorative badge to
celebrate the anniversary of the party itself. It is
interesting to note that the Soviet Communist Party never
had a badge for regular members - unlike the Nazi party in
Germany for example. Because of all the purges and wars that
happened during the 74 years of Bolshevik rule, not many
party members survived to be eligible for the badge.