Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of a Hero of Socialist Labor,
Type 2 Variation 2, #7063, circa mid-1950s.
The medallion is in solid 23 K gold; the suspension device
is in silver gilt. The medallion measures 33.0 mm in height
including the eyelet, 30.9 .6 mm in width; weighs 16.3 grams
not including the suspension and connecting link; overall
weight with suspension and screw plate is 28.8 g. The
medallion is approx. 4.3 mm thick in its mid-section and
averaging approx. 1.6 mm thick at the tips of the arm, a so-
called "thin" sub-variation. The serial number is stamped in
small numerals on the upper arm, a distinguishing feature of
the Variation 2.
In very fine to excellent condition. The obverse shows only
mild wear to the ridges and tiny dings that are barely
noticeable without a magnifying glass, no major flaws of any
kind. The facets are nice and clean, the details of the
hammer and sickle emblem remain beautifully crisp, and the
edges of the star are free of significant bumps. The reverse
has a few minor dings to the raised edge, some tiny contact
marks and mild wear to the tips of the lower points of the
star; otherwise nearly pristine with perfectly preserved
stippling and lettering.
Comes with original suspension device which includes the
original rectangular back plate, hexagon nut and mint marked
screw plate. The original gilt finish is pale but still
visible on all parts of the suspension. The screw post is
nearly 12 mm long measured from the rectangular screw plate,
has not been cut. The ribbon old but perfectly preserved and
clean. The connecting link appears to be original and its
ends are soldered.
Overall, a very attractive example of the highest Soviet
decoration for labor achievements!