Arts and Human Sciences Institute graduate badge, circa 1960s- 70s.
Brass, enamels. 47.7 mm tall x 26.0 mm wide. Features riveted three-piece construction with superimposed Soviet state emblem and open book. Reverse shows early mint mark ЛМД ("LMD") of the Leningrad Mint. This graduation badge is very similar in design to that of pedagogical institutes (high level colleges), but unlike the latter has enamel of much darker, royal blue shade.
In excellent condition. The enamel retains nice luster and has only some tiny contact marks practically unnoticeable to the naked eye, no significant wear of any kind. The screw post is full length, approx. 10.5 mm, and includes original mint marked screw plate.
Issued to graduates of various Soviet higher education establishments specializing in arts, literature, humanities or human sciences including Law Schools. Graduating from the latter was often a requirement for higher-ranking police officers who wanted to advance their career in law enforcement.