Medal for Victory over Japan, Variation 1, #1076, with a
document, awarded to Tuvaany Asarvaazh in 1946.
The medal is in brass and enamels, very high quality
characteristic of Soviet-made awards of the period.
Medallion measures 42.2 mm tall (incl. eyelet), 39.5 mm
wide. This is the first version of the medal featuring
relatively concaved reverse. Note the serial number,
extremely low even for the Variation 1.
The medal is in excellent condition. The enamel appears
perfect to the unaided eye, although the star has
microscopic amount of flaking along the edges (this is
barely noticeable even under 10x magnification and may be a
manufacturing flaw rather than result of wear.) The white
enamel on the Soembo emblem is perfect, and so is the enamel
on the suspension device.
Both sides of the medal and suspension retain nearly all of
the original gold finish. The screw post is of full or near
full length, approx. 12 mm, and includes original screw
plate marked "Moscow Artists Cooperative".
The award certificate was issued in 1946. Judging by his
name, the recipient, Tuvaany Asarvaazh, was clearly an
ethnic Mongolian and probably not a Soviet citizen. The
certificate serial number is stamped in black ink and
matches the serial number of the medal. The document is
hand-signed by Hero of Mongolian People's Republic General
Lkhagvasuren, one of the most prominent Mongolian
military and political leaders. Lkhagvasuren served as
deputy to Marshal Zhukov in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol;
throughout WW2 he occupied positions of Deputy Commander of
Mongolian People's Army and Chief of its Political
Department. Later, he became a member of Politburo of the
Mongolian Communist Party, rose to Minister of Defense, and
even after his forced retirement in 1969 still attained
important diplomatic posts.
The document is in very good condition. It shows minor wear
to the edges but still sound and presentable. The interior
pages are perfectly clean and completely legible.
/Khuujii Urnukh, "The Orders and Medals of the Mongolian
People's Republic", pp. 187-188/.