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Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of a Hero of Socialist Labor, Type 2, Variation 3, #15855, with original case of issue, awarded on 5 April 1971 to Nikolay Afanasyevich Logvinenko (Николай Афанасьевич Логвиненко), a railway wagon factory worker.

The star is in solid 23 K gold; suspension device is in gold-plated silver. The medallion measures 33.5 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 32.1 mm in width and weighs 15.1 grams not including the suspension and connecting link; total weight with suspension and screw plate is 28.6 g. Features serial number stamped on the lower part of the reverse (Variation 3).

Very fine to excellent condition. The medallion shows only minimal wear to the ridges and facets of the arms and some tiny dings to the raised points of the hammer & sickle emblem. The details of the emblem a

The star is in solid 23 K gold; suspension device is in gold-plated silver. The medallion measures 33.5 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 32.1 mm in width and weighs 15.1 grams not including the suspension and connecting link; total weight with suspension and screw plate is 28.6 g. Features serial number stamped on the lower part of the reverse (Variation 3).

Very fine to excellent condition. The medallion shows only minimal wear to the ridges and facets of the arms and some tiny dings to the raised points of the hammer & sickle emblem. The details of the emblem are still nice and crisp. There are no nicks, bumps or significant scratches.

The reverse has small dings and scuffs to the raised edge but very little overall wear; its stippling remains nearly pristine. Shows very attractive slightly reddish toning to the gold in the upper part where the star came in contact with the silver connecting link.

Includes original suspension device, complete with rectangular back plate, hexagon nut and mint-marked screw plate which measures 18.7 mm wide and weighs 3.6 g. There is very attractive matching patina on all parts of the suspension while the original fire gilt finish is clearly visible. The screw post is full length, over 12.5 mm measured from the rectangular back plate. The perfectly preserved old ribbon is probably original to the medal. The connecting link appears to be original as well and although well-worn, still has its ends seamlessly joined with solder in the manner characteristic of the Soviet mint.

The award issue case is wrapped in red leatherette. Comes complete with the removable internal velvet pad and velvet liner under the lid. The case is in excellent condition: shows only minimal wear to the exterior and remains perfectly clean and sound.

The name of the recipient has been determined using the serial number table in the reference guide Heroes of Socialist Labor by Vadim Latysh, C. 2020, Moscow. According to the information found on several Internet sites including warheroes.ru, Nikolay Logvinenko was born in 1927 in a village of the Poltava Region, Ukraine. In 1944, when his native village was liberated following three years under German occupation, Logvinenko was drafted into the Soviet Army. He apparently didn't see combat although he remained on active duty until well after the war's end, through 1951.

Soon after his release from military service, Logvinenko moved to the city of Kremenchug where he found a job at the Kryukovskiy Railway Wagon Building Factory. He mastered the skills of a metalworker, became one of the best welders at his factory, and was among the first of its workers to achieve the status of a Shock-Worker of Communist Labor. In 1960, he received a Medal for Valiant Labor and in 1966 was awarded with his first Order of Lenin. On 5 April 1971, Logvinenko was made a Hero of Socialist Labor by a decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR for his exceptional achievements in completing the Five-Year Plan.

Being a very highly decorated industrial worker, Logvinenko enjoyed all sorts of official recognitions: he became a member of the Kremenchug City Council (Soviet), was appointed to represent his profession at the XV Congress of Trade Unions of the USSR, and was even sent as a delegate to the XXV Congress of the Communist Party in 1976. He however never became a Communist Party bureaucrat or administrator continuing instead his work at the Kryukovskiy Factory until his retirement in 1987. He passed away in 1996 and was honored with a personal stele installed in the Alley of Heroes in Kremenchug.
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