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    Fiftieth Anniversary of the KGB, Table Medal in bronze, with original fitted Case of Issue.

    Fiftieth Anniversary of the KGB, Table Medal in bronze, with original fitted Case of Issue.

    Measures 60.0 mm wide; weighs 128.2 g (not including the box). Obverse features artwork that consists of a sword, a sprig of laurel, and a large, stylized hammer and sickle; the lettering on the scroll is "50th Anniversary VchK-KGB". The reverse is plain, almost Spartan, displaying a shield with the dates "1917-1967".

    This table medal was intended exclusively for the top echelon of KBG leadership and members of the Central Committee of the CPSU (Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev was one of the recipients.) According to the reference book "Commemorative [Table] Medals of the Soviet Period, 1919 - 1991" by A. Shkurko and A. Salykov, only 144 examples of it were ever produced, all struck in 1967 at the Leningrad Mint. Such a limited circulation undoubtedly makes it one of the rarest KGB commemoratives.

    The medal is in excellent condition. The raised details are perfect and exceptionally crisp. The edge is completely free of abrasions or bumps. The brass shows attractive even toning throughout, has almost none of the spotting typical of these medals, and is completely free of blemishes or significant oxidation.

    The box is in cardboard wrapped in fine maroon leatherette, measures approx. 9 cm x 10.5 cm. The top cover has impressed gold inscription "50th Anniversary of VChK-KGB" and a laurel branch. The interior is lined in stain and has a fitted nest for the medal.

    The box is in very good condition. There is a small tear to the leatherette binding on the side which does not affect the integrity or usability of the box and should be very easy to repair with simple glue. The exterior shows no significant wear otherwise; both the maroon wrapping material and gold impression retain nice original gloss. There is some minimal damage to the cardboard visible on the inside at the hinge, but the lid remains soundly attached.

    To reiterate, this is a very scarce KGB table medal, especially in premium condition and with original case. Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.

    /See A. Shkurko, A. Salykov "Commemorative [Table] Medal of the Soviet Period, 1919 - 1991", #478/

    Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.

    Item# 34804

    $450.00  

     
       
     
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