Khalkin Gol Medal, Variation 2, Sub-variation 1, 1946
Silver-plated brass, enamels. Measures 38.3 mm (from the
bottom to the top of the 12 o'clock point of the banner (not
including the flagpole finial), 37.3 mm in width. This is
Sub-variation 1, featuring less pronounced indentations on
the ornamental edge and flat reverse. Fine quality of this
badge is very characteristic of the Soviet Mint manufacture.
According to the Urnukh's catalog, a total of 5504 of the
Variation 2 badges of both sub-variations were produced by
the Soviet Mint.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is
essentially perfect, free of any damage or wear visible to
the naked eye. There are a few microscopic contact marks on
the red banner, but they are completely unnoticeable without
magnification. The silver plating on the cavalryman and
horse is extremely well preserved and shows only miniscule
amount of wear on the high points of the rider - an very
unusual case. The reverse is likewise nearly pristine and
shows beautiful toning. The screw post is full length,
approx. 15 mm. Original mint marked screw plate is included
(note that the screw plate is made of silver-plated brass
but otherwise is of the same design as was used on the Hero
Stars). All-in-all, this is an outstanding example of the
Khalkhin Gol Badge.
Awarded for participation in the 1939 battle against the
Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria, this badge was later
upgraded in rank to be considered a medal. The flat back
variation was issued mostly to Mongolian troops and also to
some of the Soviets who had not received the badge earlier.
According to the research by Khuujii, the date of
manufacture for all Variation 2 badges is 1946 and only 5504
in total were produced.
/Khuujii Urnukh, The Orders and Medals of the
Mongolian People's Republic, pp. 180, 181/.
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.