VII International Congress for Protection of Plants, Table
In Bronze, 65 mm. Obverse shows sculptured depiction of the
Spasskiy Clock Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. Note interesting
double-strike to the star on top of the Kremlin tower and
the word "congress". On the reverse is an ear of wheat with
the Red Cross emblem and raised inscription "Moscow 1975".
The reverse shows hallmarks with the name of the engraver,
V. I. Apukhtina, Leningrad Mint Logo and the date 1975 in 6
to 7 o'clock segment, near the edge. Only 150 of these
medals have been struck - an unusually small number - making
it among the most scarce of all produced by the Soviet Mint.
The purpose of the VII International Congress was not
protection of endangered species but rather protection of
cultivated plants from pests and diseases. This was one of
several international conferences on agriculture held in the
USSR that year. They coincided with some of the more famous
international science projects - such as the joint Soyuz-
Apollo spaceflight. The previously unprecedented scientific
cooperation came with the temporary thawing of the tensions
between the Communist bloc and the West which had been
brought about by the Brezhnev administration's new "peace
loving" policy (Soviet plans to conquer the world were put
on hold for the time being).
In very fine to excellent condition. Shows few light scuffs
and contact marks but the details are extremely well
preserved and crisp.
/"Commemorative [Table] Medal of the Soviet Period, 1919 -
1991". A. Shkurko, A. Salykov, fig. 978/.