40th Anniversary of the Creation of the Moldavian SSR and the Communist Party of Moldavia, table medal, with original issue pouch and award certificate, issued in 1964 to D G Gerifeld.
In bronze, 61.0 mm wide. Obverse features a young woman holding grapes, signifying the importance of winemaking in the economy of Moldova. There is raised inscription of the name of the engraver, L. Belokurov, near the edge at approximately 4 o'clock. The medal was awarded to VIPs in the republic to celebrate the anniversary of its annexation from Romania during WW2. Curiously, the medal came up with a four-year delay, possibly so as not to attract attention to the fact that Moldavian SSR was initially created in 1940, following the occupation of Bessarabia and Bukovina by the USSR - an unprovoked act of aggression made possible by the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
In very fine to excellent condition. Shows few light wear and pitting to the obverse, while its details are nicely defined. The reverse is essentially pristine.
The medal comes in original leather pouch with a fitted nest for the medal and impressed hammer & sickle emblem on the front. The upper part of the pouch has a provision for the award document which is included. The certificate shows stamp of the Supreme Soviet of Moldavian SSR, hand-written date of issue, and the name of the recipient, D. G. Gerifeld. The document is in perfect condition; the pouch is excellent with mild wear to the exterior, no damage.
/"Commemorative [Table] Medal of the Soviet Period, 1919 - 1991". A. Shkurko, A. Salykov, fig. 339/.
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