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Medal for the Defense of Leningrad, Variation 1 (with separate eyelet), "Short Horizon" sub-variation, circa 1942- 43 issue.

In brass, 32.2 mm wide; weighs 17.4 g without the suspension and connecting link. This is the earliest version of the medal that has the line of the horizon on the obverse not extending beyond the letters of the inscription unlike on the more common issues of the Variation 1. There are other, more subtle differences indicating a very early issue - note for example the edges of the Admiralty spire that are different than the later versions. Overall, the extremely crisp details are typical of the early strike, before the wear took its toll on the quality of the Mint dies. This par

In brass, 32.2 mm wide; weighs 17.4 g without the suspension and connecting link. This is the earliest version of the medal that has the line of the horizon on the obverse not extending beyond the letters of the inscription unlike on the more common issues of the Variation 1. There are other, more subtle differences indicating a very early issue - note for example the edges of the Admiralty spire that are different than the later versions. Overall, the extremely crisp details are typical of the early strike, before the wear took its toll on the quality of the Mint dies. This particular specimen features accentuated stones in the outline of the arch in the Admiralty building (as opposed to the smooth outline found on some other known sub- variations of the "Short Horizon" version). The outer border of the obverse is characteristically wide.

In very fine condition. Both sides of the medallion show only some tiny contact marks that are mostly unnoticeable to the naked eye, no significant wear. The raised details are well-preserved and crisp. Some of the original "gilt" mint luster is visible in recessed areas, especially on the lower portion of the obverse. The brass has acquired attractive toning with minimal amount of tarnish that is not too detractive, no significant blemishes or oxidation spots.

Comes on original WW2 suspension device, a two-layer model in brass with self-locking pin. The old, probably original ribbon is faded and shows wear along the edges but is free of soiling and overall well preserved; it adds tremendous amount of character to the medal. The connecting link appears to be of the period, although its ends are not soldered. Overall, this is a very attractive example of the early Defense of Leningrad Medal.
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