Chollima Honor Prize, Type 3, late 1960s - early 1970s.
Silver-plated and gilded brass, enamels, pin back. Measures 48.4 x 40.2 mm. Smooth reverse; no serial number and no line for one.
In outstanding, excellent condition, the best we have seen in years. The enamel retains beautiful luster and is essentially perfect having no wear visible to the naked eye and only a few microscopic contact marks that could be barely found even under 10x magnification. The details of the artworks and starburst are pristine and exceptionally crisp. The silver and gilt are extremely well preserved.
The prize was issued for just a short time starting in 1968, and only a few were awarded. For unknown reasons, it was later canceled, and even mentioning it is now considered taboo by North Korean officials. Reportedly, if asked, they deny that it ever existed!
/See page 81 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler and McDaniel/