Order of the Red Banner of Labor, Type 6 Variation 2, #701118, circa early 1970s.
Silver gilt, enamels; 47.8 mm tall (incl. eyelet), 37.1 mm wide; weighs 35.2 g not including the suspension and connecting link. Riveted three-piece construction. Features raised horizontal line under the hand-engraved serial number. This specimen is from the relatively small series with numbers 693901 - 719600 manufactured in 1971 by the Lenemalyer Factory in Leningrad (the factory was one of the few that subcontracted part of the production of Orders of the Red Banner of Labor in lieu of the Moscow and Leningrad Mint during the mid-1960s - early 70s period.)
In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel is perfect with the exception of a tiny, barely noticeable flake to the upper edge of the red banner near its upper right corner; there is also a small gouge to the raised silver border of the banner in the same area which resulted from the same impact. The enamel is otherwise perfect and shows beautiful luster throughout. The details and gilt are very nicely preserved as well. Very attractive toning to silver on the reverse. Includes original two-layer suspension device in aluminum with attractive old ribbon. The connecting link appears to be original and its ends are still joined with solder.
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