Friendship Medal, #1497, circa late 1960s.
Silver, enamels; 36.2 mm wide; weighs 30.8 g including the
suspension. Extremely nice quality. Shows shaking hands,
ribbon forming Mongolian national ornament, green leaves
underneath, and Cyrillic writing "Nairamdal" at the top.
Engraved number to the reverse.
Excellent condition. The fragile green enamel is perfect,
and so is the enamel on the suspension device. There are
only a few microscopic dings to the silver, no wear visible
to the naked eye. Very attractive patina to silver
throughout. The connecting link between the eyelet and
suspension appears to be original, and its ends are still
joined with solder.
This medal is from the first batch of 6000 Nairamdal Medals
manufactured at the Soviet Mint in April1967 and delivered
to Mongolia during the same year. All or most of the medals
from the first batch had been issued within a couple of
years judging by the fact that the follow-up order for the
second batch of 7000 was placed in 1970. Nearly all of these
were awarded to foreigners, primarily Soviet citizens, with
only a handful bestowed upon Mongols.
/Khuujii Urnukh, The Orders and Medals of the
Mongolian People's Republic, pp. 197-199/.