The Serial Number is stamped in small numerals on the Upper. ORDER: Type 2 Variation 2, Serial number # 2276, "thick" sub-variation. The STAR is in solid 23k solid gold. Mint marked and numbered, suspension device is in gold-plated silver.
Is in Silver Sterling gilt 925. 4.5 mm thick including the hammer and sickle. 2.5 mm in thickness at the tip of the arms. 38,1 mm in height incl. 31.9 mm measured between the points of the horizontal / upper arms (this is roughly 1 to 2 mm less than on all the later versions of the Hammer and Sickle - the fact not yet described in reference literature).
16.5 grams not including the suspension and connecting link. Total weight with suspension including the screw plate.The medal is in very fine to excellent condition, Come with the original Box. The details of the emblem as well as ridges of the star are beautifully preserved and crisp. The gold has very attractive toning throughout.
The suspension device is original and complete, including original mint marked screw plate. The original gilt finish is nicely preserved on all parts of the suspension. The screw post is full, approx. 10 mm measured from the rectangular back plate. The connecting link is original and has not been cut.The old ribbon is immaculately clean. 23k Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of a Hero USSR of Socialist Labor, S/N # 2276, circa early 1941 1945 years. The golden star medallion is extremely well - preserved. There are no noticeable bumps to the star points. The reverse is practically pristine, with exceptionally well- preserved stippling and perfect raised border that is almost completely free of the usual dings. The gold exhibits very attractive toning on both sides. The medal comes on original suspension device, complete with rectangular back plate, hexagon nut and mint marked screw plate. All parts of the suspension retain much of their original fire gilt finish while showing matching patina. The screw post is of full length, characteristically long as observed on other specimens in this serial number range, measuring over 15 mm measured from the back plate. The old, probably original ribbon is perfectly preserved and clean. The connecting ring is original and has not been cut. To summarize, this is an all-in-all superb example of a Gold Medal of Hero of Socialist Labor! Hero of Socialist Labor was an honorary title of the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries.
It was the highest degree of distinction for exceptional achievements in national economy and culture. It provided a similar status to the title Hero of the Soviet Union that was awarded for heroic deeds, but unlike the latter, was not awarded to foreign citizens. The Honorary Title "Hero of Socialist Labor " was introduced by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union on December 27, 1938.Originally, Heroes of Socialist Labor were awarded the highest decoration of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and a certificate from the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. In order to distinguish the Heroes of Socialist Labor from other Order of Lenin recipients, the "Hammer and Sickle" gold medal was introduced by decree of the Presidium on May 22, 1940 , to accompany the Order of Lenin and the certificate. Pictures are part of Description. RUSSIAN HERO GOLD STAR USSR SOVIET MILITARY ORDER MEDAL WWII AWARD BADGE" is in sale since Friday, April 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Russia\Medals, Pins & Ribbons". The seller is "rima83" and is located in North Miami Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.