50th Anniversary of the Belomor (White Sea - Baltic) Canal,
table medal, 1985 issue.
In bronze (tombac), 60 mm wide. The obverse shows a ship
passing through a lock, and an Order of the Red Banner of
Labor awarded to the construction trust upon the completion
of the works. On the reverse is a geodesic map of the area
in detailed 3-d profile, with the two port cities at the end
points of the canal. The inscription along the reverse is
"White Sea - Baltic Canal, 1933 - 1983. The reverse shows
the name of the medal's designer I.S. Komshilov, Leningrad
Mint logo and 1985 date. Note that the medal was struck with
a two years delay after the anniversary. Only 850 were ever
made, a small number by the standards of Soviet Mint.
The medal is in excellent condition.
The Belomoro-Baltiiski Canal, or simply Belomor Canal as it
was popularly known, connected the White Sea and Baltic Sea
and thus provided an important northern waterway for
transporting timber and raw materials. It was built
exclusively by GULAG prisoners. After the construction was
completed in 1933, it was celebrated as one of the greatest
achievements of Soviet industrial program, even though it
cost thousands of lives of slave laborers.
/See "Commemorative [Table] Medal of the Soviet Period, 1919
- 1991", fig. 1580/.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.