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Medal for the Defense of Leningrad, Variation 1 (with separate eyelet), "Short Horizon" sub-variation, circa 1942- 43 issue.

In brass, 32.1 mm wide; weighs 17.4 g. This is the earliest version of the medal that has the line of the horizon on the obverse not extending beyond the letters of the inscription unlike on the more common issues of the Variation 1. There are other, more subtle differences indicating a very early issue - note for example the edges of the Admiralty spire that are different than the later versions. Overall, the extremely crisp details are typical of the early strike, before the wear took its toll on the quality of the Mint dies. This particular specimen features accentuated stone

In brass, 32.1 mm wide; weighs 17.4 g. This is the earliest version of the medal that has the line of the horizon on the obverse not extending beyond the letters of the inscription unlike on the more common issues of the Variation 1. There are other, more subtle differences indicating a very early issue - note for example the edges of the Admiralty spire that are different than the later versions. Overall, the extremely crisp details are typical of the early strike, before the wear took its toll on the quality of the Mint dies. This particular specimen features accentuated stones in the outline of the arch in the Admiralty building (as opposed to the smooth outline found on some other known sub- variations of the "Short Horizon" version). The outer border of the obverse is characteristically wide.

In very fine to excellent condition. Both sides of the medallion show only a few tiny dings that are barely visible to the naked eye. There are also a couple of mild bumps and minor dings to the edge, also almost unnoticeable. The raised details are extremely well preserved and crisp, show almost no overall wear. The patina to the brass is somewhat uneven on the reverse, but still attractive and free of significant blemishes.

Comes on original WW2 suspension device, a two-layer model in brass with self-locking pin. The old, possibly original ribbon is extremely well-preserved and sound, shows only minimal soiling; it adds tremendous amount of character to the medal. The connecting link appears to be of the period, although its ends are not soldered. Overall, this is a very nice example of the early Defense of Leningrad Medal.
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