Order of Sukhbaatar, Type 1, #296, 1959-61 issue.
Solid 23 K gold (star), platinum (bas-relief), sterling
silver (enameled starburst) and enamels. Measures 52.8 mm
height, 50.2 mm in width. Weighs 56.1 grams without screw
The gold star is superimposed on a sunburst of blue
with gray circle in the center and superimposed platinum
bust of Sukhbaatar (aka Sukhe-Bator), Mongolian
revolutionary leader; above
the portrait is a red flag with Sukhe Bator's name in
Cyrillic. Features Type 1 screw back attachment. According
to "The Orders and Medals of the Mongolian People's
Republic" by Khuujii Urnukh, this particular specimen was
part of the small series of 300 pc manufactured in 1956 at
the Moscow Mint.
In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel is well
preserved overall. There are a couple of tiny surface
to the upper edge of the red banner at approximately 12
o'clock - not easily noticeable. Besides that, the enamel
has only a few microscopic contact marks that are
invisible without magnification. There is no buffing or
significant scratches, and the enamel fully retains its
magnificent translucency and luster.
The platinum bas-relief portrait of Sukhe-Bator shows
but its details are very well defined. The golden star has
only minor dings near the edges and occasional light
scratches, no significant wear. The reverse is pristine,
with very attractive and even toning to silver. The rivets
are tight. The screw post is full length, approx. 18 mm
long, and includes period screw plate.
Order of Sukhbaatar was the highest decoration of
Peoples Republic, equivalent of the Soviet Order of Lenin.
Only 800 of the Type 1 screw backs were ever produced.
/Dr. A. Battushig Mongolian Orders, Medals & Badges
45, fig. A20, A20-R; also Khuujii Urnukh "The Orders and
medals of the Mongolian People's Republic (1924-1992)",