300th Anniversary of the Reunification of Russia and
Ukraine, table medal, with original issue case, 1954.
The medal is in gilded brass (tombac), 50.1 mm wide, 5.6 mm
thick at the highest point, weighs 78.7 g. Manufactured at
the Leningrad Mint, the artwork for this medal was created
by medalists Akimushkina, Reznichenko and Khotinok. The
number of issues is unknown, but the medal was awarded very
sparingly, apparently exclusively to the Communist Party
VIPs who attended the celebratory ceremonies in Moscow. The
artwork and sculptured details are exquisite even for a
medal of this relatively early period. The obverse shows a
well-dressed young Russian man and his Ukrainian counterpart
in a folk shirt shaking hands above the Soviet state emblem.
On the background are Kremlin towers and the figures of
Russian and Ukrainian farmers of the past era (the latter is
on the right, easily recognizable by his traditional
"walrus" mustache and shaven head). One cannot help but
notice that the modern Russian is a "white collar" city
dweller while the Ukrainian is still a farmer, and that the
Russian is quite a bit taller?
The reverse depicts the signing of the unification treaty
between the Russian Boyars and officials of the formerly
independent Ukraine in 1654. The writing on both sides is in
Russian and Ukrainian languages.
The case of issue is in Karelian birch, a traditional
Russian material of choice for luxury items. Measures 90 x
95 mm, approx. 55 mm in total height. Extremely well made
and impressive, this box is far nicer than the usual Soviet
medal issue cases. The lid has superimposed silver plaque
with raised inscription "To a participant of the jubilee
session of the Supreme Soviet of RSFSR commemorating the
300th anniversary of the reunification of Ukraine and
Russia". The bottom shows stamp of the subcontractor that
manufactured the case "Ideal Workshop, city of Kirov".
The medal is in excellent condition. The gilt finish is
bright and essentially untouched creating a full impression
of a solid gold piece (its impressive appearance to these
days leads many to believe that it is made of gold). There
are only a few miniscule dings to the raised edge that are
almost unnoticeable to the unaided eye, but no significant
knocks, bumps, scratches or other significant wear of any
The exterior of the box has some barely noticeable scuffs to
the lacquer finish but otherwise perfectly preserved: free
of the usual cracks or chips, and shows beautiful sheen to
the wood. The silver plaque is perfect and firmly attached
to the lid. Small pieces of wood housing for the hinge at
the main part of the box broke off, but the hinge
nevertheless remain fully functional. The damage is limited
to the small area on the back of the box and not very
detractive at any rate. The box is complete with its
internal pad lined in plush maroon velvet (this part is
often missing on the other surviving boxes we have seen.)
The interior of the box is perfectly clean.
A very scarce and impressive "VIP" set!
/See "Commemorative [Table] Medal of the Soviet Period, 1919
- 1991", fig. 106 (identical medal in different size is
shown as fig. 107)/.