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Medal (Badge) of Honored Worker of the Ministry of Oil and Gas Construction (Minneftegazstroi), 1980s issue.


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Brass, "cold" enamels. The pendant measures 46.9 mm tall incl. eyelet, 44.0 mm wide; overall height with suspension is nearly 78 mm. The center medallion with gas line and map artwork is a separate, superimposed piece attached by rivets. The reverse shows raised logo of the Moscow Mint. Like the pendant, the suspension device is in solid brass and is of riveted construction; the wreath at its bottom and the hammer & sickle emblem in the center are separate superimposed parts. The medal is in excellent, near mint condition.

This medal (or badge according to th

Brass, "cold" enamels. The pendant measures 46.9 mm tall incl. eyelet, 44.0 mm wide; overall height with suspension is nearly 78 mm. The center medallion with gas line and map artwork is a separate, superimposed piece attached by rivets. The reverse shows raised logo of the Moscow Mint. Like the pendant, the suspension device is in solid brass and is of riveted construction; the wreath at its bottom and the hammer & sickle emblem in the center are separate superimposed parts. The medal is in excellent, near mint condition.

This medal (or badge according to the official Soviet hierarchy of decorations) is a very massive and impressive award, especially for one manufactured during the twilight of the Soviet era! Its spectacular appearance is perhaps reflective of the Soviet Union's utter dependence on gas and oil sales as primary source of hard currency at that stage in the Cold War. The almost lavish quality of the medal is probably due to the fact that the oil and gas industry was one of the only branches of Soviet economy doing well at the time. Consequently, the Minneftegazstroi ministry formed in 1972 was among the few that had money to spend on high- quality decorations for its workers well into the 80s.
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