Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Type 5, Variation 1 "short oval flat back", #254756, early 1950s issue.
Silver gilt, enamels. Measures 47.9 mm tall incl. the eyelet, 37.1 mm wide; weighs 36.2 g not including the suspension and connecting link. Features flat reverse and mint mark in straight lines. This specimen was manufactured at the Leningrad Mint.
In excellent condition. The enamel is extremely well-preserved and shows beautiful luster throughout. There are couple of microscopic contact marks and a single miniscule flake at the right fold of the banner, but these flaws are so tiny that they are completely invisible to the naked eye and are hard to find even under a 10x magnification. The details are pristine; gold plating very well preserved albeit partly obscured by the attractive dark patina. Comes on original suspension device in steel with a perfectly preserved old ribbon. The connecting link appears to be original and its ends are still joined with solder.
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