Hero Of Socialist Labor

Highest labor award of the USSR. This Gold Sickle and Hammer Medal was established on December 27, 1938 to distinguish the “Hero of Socialist Labor”.  Solid 23 K gold star.  Suspension in silver.  Issued with a red and gold “Order Book”. Joseph Stalin was the first person to receive this medal (# 1).   This medal was awarded only 201 times up to the end of WW II.  The medal was awarded 19,000 times up to the end of the USSR in 1991.  The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals, Paul McDaniel and Paul J. Schmitt. 
A rare item.

                                                                                    Hero of Socialist Labor, No. 4383 issued 1949.

           Metal content:     12 grams of gold and 14.6 grams of sliver.                                                                            

           Serial number:    4383

           Year of issue:     1949

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