Distinguished MVD Employee Badge, Type 2, #15126, circa 1980s.
Silver gilt, enamels. Three-piece construction, numbered. This type features large letters "MVD" in the red plaque compared to the earlier, brass version of the Distinguished MVD badge. Unlike on the earlier badge, the reverse is not flat: it has raised oval platform in the center with mint mark "MMD" (Moscow Mint). Note the characteristic wrinkles in the lower part of the oval and faint counter-relief of the rays in its upper portion. The number is engraved with a rotating tool, as standard for late issue badges. The badge exhibits beautiful enamel quality and outstanding workmanship throughout.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is absolutely flawless, completely free of flakes or even microscopic contact marks that could be found under 10x magnification. The gilt finish on the hammer & sickle and especially on the hilt of the sword is nicely preserved, although partly obscured by silver patina. The screw post is full length, well over 11 mm; and includes original mint marked screw plate.
/See "History of Awards and Insignia of Russian MVD, 1802 - 2002" p. 77, fig. 18.104.22.168, also Kutsenko, "Insignia of Law Enforcement Agencies of the USSR", fig.1.3.01/
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