Table Medal in Commemoration of the Centenary of Birth of
Feliks Dzerzhinsky, 1977.
Bronze, measures 85.0 mm in diameter (much larger than most
other Soviet table medals.) Obverse features Dzerzhinsky's
portrai, dates 1877-1977 and inscription "100th Years Since
the Birth of Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky" On the reverse
is the KGB emblem of shield and sword surrounded by oak
leaves and a famous Dzerzhinsky's quote "Only a person with
cold head, hot heart and clean hands can be a Chekist."
There is a logo of Leningrad Mint to the right of the KGB
Designed by the artists Belokurov and Filippov, this medal
struck in 1983 had the total circulation of 2015, a pretty
small number by the Soviet standards. It was apparently
awarded exclusively to VIPs in the Soviet KGB and police.
The medal is in excellent condition. There are a few tiny
contact marks mostly to the high portions of the bas-relief
portrait, but they are almost unnoticeable; the sculptured
details of the portrait as well as other raised artwork are
perfect and crisp. There are no bumps, dents or other
significant wear of any kind. Very attractive even toning to
the bronze throughout, no spotting or blemishes.
/See "Commemorative [Table] Medals of the Soviet Period,
1919-1991", fig. 1066/.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.