Interestingly a Plough takes the place of the sickle in the “hammer and sickle” rendering on the reverse of this Sovier jubilee medal commemorating sixty years of the Soviet armed forces.
Obverse: A soviet soldier stands in the foreground with a “thousand yard stare” whilst the backgound incorperates ICBM’s (Inter continental ballistic missiles) on the left and a submarine on the right. Above this scene two flanker interceptor jets fly in formation. The dates 1918 1978 are immediately above the submarine and in relief.
Reverse: The aforementioned plough and sickle combination sits centrally superimposed upon a lotus leaf stylized soviet star. In the backgound a standard rifle with bayonet afixed and a sabe sword are crossed. Cyrillic lettering around the edge of the obverse of the medal completes the border / framing of the central motif.
Just short of TEN MILLION of these disc type medals with their pentagonal ribbon hangers were issued by the Soviet authorities on the 23rd February 1988 to comemorate sevety years of the existence of soviet / CCCP forces. The particular example shown below includes the ribbon attacment ring where the manufacturer markings “LMD” for the Leningrad mint can be discerned.
Awarded to just about everyone “under orders” in the Soviet union on the 23rd February 1968 some almost 10 million recipients. The front of the medal depicts two soldiers in uniform of the different eras surrounded in the background by the 5 pointed red star. The reverse shows a crosssed Hammer and Plough above Cyrillic lettering and the obiquous CCCP
Soviet medal awarded to both civilian and military personal commemorating 30 years since the Victory over Germany in WW2.
An interesting medal from Franco Prussian war and presented by the King of Prussia (Kaiser Wilhelm I) to his troops and civilians. Note that with this medal three versions exist:
– Steel version for Non Combatants
– Version seen here in Bronze for combatants and with edge Stamped lettering
– Version same as seen here but missing the stamped lettering around the rim of the medal.
Curiously the design of the medal went on to form the design of the “frontkampfers kreuz” (War merit cross) of World war One.
Obverse – 1870 1871 within a laurel leaf wreath superimposed over a cross
Reverse – Royal cypher / monogram of Kaiser Wilhelm and immediately below DEM SIEGREICHEN HEERE – The victorious army, surrounded by GOTT WAR MIT UNS IHM SIE DIE EHRE – God was with us, to him the honor
RIM – AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ – From captured Cannons (Not present on all medals and if you encounter the version with inscription expect to pay a little more).
Find a lot but no easy to find bars for ribbon!
Writing “RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE” above laurel leaves then “GUERRE 1939 1945”