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    State Prize Medal, 1st class, #1821, 1962-1966.

    State Prize Medal, 1st class, #1821, 1962-1966.

    Medallion is in solid 23 K gold; measures 29.6 mm in height incl. eyelet, 26.1 mm wide; weighs 14.6 g not including the suspension and connecting link; overall weight of the medal with suspension and screw plate is 23.2 g. The suspension device is in gold-plated silver. Stamped serial number to the reverse. This is a relatively late issue of the State Prize 1st cl., featuring more yellow tint to gold (as opposed to the reddish tint of some of the early specimens.)

    In excellent, near mint condition. The medallion is not only completely free of the usual dings, scrapes from testing for gold, or nicks, but also shows literally no wear visible to the unaided eye. The microscopic contact marks to the polished surfaces can barely be found even under 10x magnification. The stippling on the background is pristine, and so are the raised details. The medal comes with original gold-plated suspension device, complete with back plate, hexagon nut and screw nut. The suspension shows nice light patina, while the gilt finish is clearly visible on all of its parts. The old, obviously original ribbon is immaculately clean. The connecting link is original and has not been cut. Without exaggeration, this is one of the best examples of the State Prize 1st cl. we have ever seen.

    The State Prize was established in 1962 during "de- Stalinization" process and the medal was initially intended as a replacement for all surviving recipients of the earlier Stalin Prizes. From that point forward, these individuals were always referred to in Soviet sources as State Prize laureates, even though they had received the award before the State Prize came into existence.

    State Prize came in three classes until 1966. Starting from 1967, only one class was issued, often awarded to several key members of the team that worked on a prize-winning project. Each of the laureates would receive an equal share of the monetary reward accompanied by a single class State Prize Medal in gold.

    Note that the serial number of this specimen is relatively high for a pre-1967 First class in gold; this makes the medal equally likely to be either a replacement for a Stalin Prize 1st cl. or a "true" State Prize, 1st cl. issue to a laureate of the mid-60s. Russian archives may someday shed light on this subject - and perhaps even allow to positively identify the recipient by the serial number of the medal.

    /See "Avers 8", p. 221, fig. 1086.a/.

    Item# 33635


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