Excellence in Medical Corps badge, NKPS issue, mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels. 46.2 mm x 39.6 mm. Early type. Variation with five scrolls forming the top ornament, with well pronounced smooth border along the upper edge. The center medallion is larger than other variations. There is a single dot on either side of the star at the bottom of the white band. Note the interesting off-center location of the screw post, as occasionally observed on the badges of the "Proficiency" series produced in haste during the war.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is extremely well-preserved having only some tiny contact marks and scuffs in the center that are barely noticeable to the naked eye, shows magnificent luster. There is a typical dark patina to the edges of the snake and bowl of Hygeia medical emblem which adds character, not detracting. The original gilt finish on the wreath is practically pristine, so is the dark gray finish on the edges of the shield. The finish on the reverse is likewise perfect. The screw post is full length, nearly 13.5 mm long, and comes with original WW2 era screw plate marked "NKPS".
Established in November 1942, the Excellent Medic badge was one of the first few badges of the "WW2 Proficiency Series" that came up during that year.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p. 103, fig. 3/