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    Felix Dzerzhinsky Centenary, commemorative table medal, 1977.

    Felix Dzerzhinsky Centenary, commemorative table medal, 1977.

    In Bronze, diameter 60 mm. Obverse features Dzerzhinsky's portrait. On the reverse is the inscription "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Birth" and at approximately 5 o'clock position near the edge, circular mint mark of the Moscow Mint and a 1977 date.

    This medal was designed by the artist Bichukov; it was struck at the Leningrad Mint in 1977. The total circulation was only 1350, a relatively small number by the Soviet standards and interestingly, about half the circulation of a larger, 85 mm medal struck during the same year by the Leningrad Mint to celebrate Dzerzhinsky's centenary. Comes with a large fitted issue box wrapped in red leatherette, with interior lined in burgundy velvet. Both the medal and the issue case are in excellent condition.

    Historical note: a native of Poland, Dzerzhinsky was among the closest allies of Lenin and the chief architect of the Soviet Secret Police (Cheka / OGPU). Dzerzhinsky commemorative medals such as this one were usually issued to high ranking KGB officers, VIP retirees, and important political figures.

    /See "Commemorative [Table] Medals of the Soviet Period, 1919-1991", fig. 1067/.


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