Badge for Excellence in Peoples Education of Karelo-Finn
SSR, #160, early 1950s.
Brass, enamels; 43.9 mm x 22.7 mm. Engraved serial number
"160" on the reverse (note the extremely low number which
gives a good perspective on the rarity of the badge). Serial
numbers are not typical of the Peoples Education badges, but
we believe this number to be legitimate and of the period.
In excellent condition. The blue border has a small flake
near the top, practically unnoticeable without
magnification. The enamel is perfect otherwise. The gold
finish is pristine. The screw post is full length, well over
10 mm, and comes with original mint marked screw plate.
This badge was issued during the short period when the
Karelo-Finn Republic had a full "Union Republic" status,
same as Ukrainian SSR or any other republic in the Soviet
Union. In 1953, it was transformed into an autonomous
republic within Russian Federation (RSFSR) - apparently
after the plans to absorb Finland were indefinitely put on
hold. The number of the Soviet republics thus went down to
15 and then remained steady until the final collapse of the
Soviet Union in 1991.
/"Avers 8", p. 210, fig. 1044/