Medal for Distinguished Labour, Type II (Variation II)
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The Medal for Distinguished Labour was established on December 27, 1938. This medal was conferred in recognition of shock labour that accomplishes a number of results. It was awarded to workers, national economy specialists, scientific workers, cultural workers, educators, health care workers, and other USSR citizens.
The Medal for Distinguished Labour is made of silver with red enamel, and has a small ring at 12 o'clock. It has two types. Type II, five sided suspension (1943-1991) was made from one or two pieces and has two variations.
Variation I has "No" before the serial number. It is manufactured the same as Type I, Variation II except it has a five sided suspension. The serial numbers range from roughly 32,000 to 68,000.
Variation II has a separately soldered on ring or a circular ring that is made as a part of the medal. It does not have the "No" or a serial number.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "For Valiant Labour". The obverse also features the Russian letters for the USSR. The reverse Russian inscription translates to: "Labour in the USSR-A Matter of Honour".
There are many fakes of this medal in existence. The most important part to observe is the "No" as it should be made as a part of the medal not stamped or hand engraved. Also, more serial-numbered pieces were only made with a separately soldered on ring.
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