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    Order of Labor, Type 3, #17533, circa early 1960s issue.

    Order of Labor, Type 3, #17533, circa early 1960s issue.

    In gilded brass and high quality "hot-baked" enamel; 53.4 mm x 47.5 mm. Features vertical pin and slightly concave reverse. Surface uniformly gilded with no silver plating on the cogwheel. Massive construction with crisp details on the obverse. This piece is apparently among the earliest of the Order of Labor manufactured in North Korea as opposed to Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia. Note the serial number 17533 on this example, extremely low for this version of the award: it is almost 41000 units lower than the lowest number Sessler and McDaniel observed on the Type 3s they encountered before writing their book.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is exceptionally well-preserved, completely free of the usual chips, flaking, or hairlines. There are a few microscopic contact marks, but the enamel fully retains beautiful original luster. Details of the center medallion are perfect and exceptionally crisp. Tthe original gold finish is intact and bright on both sides of the badge. This piece would be practically impossible to upgrade for condition.

    Established in 1951, this Soviet-inspired - and possibly Soviet designed - decoration was drastically changed in the 60s or 70s to a more bland, traditional "socialist" look without the workers in the center. Type 1 to Type 3 Orders of Labor, whether manufactured at the Soviet Mint or, as here, somewhere in the People's Republic, are all extremely scarce.

    /See page 214-217 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler & McDaniel/

    Item# 32772


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