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Order of the Red Banner, Type 5, Variation 2, Sub-variation 3 (Strekalov classification), #449924, circa 1955 issue.

Silver gilt, enamels; measures 45.0 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 36.1 mm in width; weighs 24.5 g not including the suspension and connecting link. Features a characteristically oval overall shape, relatively small and sharp plow head, well-defined depression in the center of the reverse bordered by a ridge, and a small font of the mint mark. The torch has three flames in the lower row and one much larger flame at the top. This piece is from the relatively small series manufactured in 1955 at the Moscow Mint. Note that the serial number is at the upper range for its sub-variation, above the highest number observed by the authors of the reference guide The Order of the Red Banner (#447262).

In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is literally perfect, completely free of even microscopic contact marks that could be found with a 10x loupe. The gilt is nicely preserved and bright. Very attractive even patina to silver on the reverse. Comes on original steel suspension, a post-war two-layer model in steel. The old, probably original ribbon is well-preserved and shows only minimal soiling. The connecting link appears to be original, and its ends are still joined with solder. /See The Order of the Red Banner by Durov & Strekalov (p. 135)./

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