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Order of Labor, Type 3, #6782, circa 1960s issue.

In gilded brass and "cold" enamel (replacement for original "hot-baked" enamel); measures 53.1 mm x 47.7 mm; weighs 34.3 g. Features vertical pin and slightly concave reverse. Surface uniformly gilded with no silver plating on the cogwheel. Massive construction with crisp details on the obverse. This piece is apparently among the earliest of the Order of Labor manufactured in North Korea as opposed to the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia. Moreover, the serial number of this specimen is extraordinarily low: it is by far the lowest we've seen on a Type 3 and is far below the lowest

In gilded brass and "cold" enamel (replacement for original "hot-baked" enamel); measures 53.1 mm x 47.7 mm; weighs 34.3 g. Features vertical pin and slightly concave reverse. Surface uniformly gilded with no silver plating on the cogwheel. Massive construction with crisp details on the obverse. This piece is apparently among the earliest of the Order of Labor manufactured in North Korea as opposed to the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia. Moreover, the serial number of this specimen is extraordinarily low: it is by far the lowest we've seen on a Type 3 and is far below the lowest number quoted in Sessler & McDaniel's reference guide (#58323). Note that it is very close to the serial number range of the Type 2 with horizontal pinback (##2805-3725 as observed by Sessler and McDaniel.)

In good to fine overall condition. The enamel has been mostly replaced with epoxy-based "cold enamel" but some of the original enamel on the banner still remains and is still clearly visible under the replacement layer. There is a small nick to the outer edge of the banner near the top - probably the result of the same impact that caused the loss of enamel and necessitated the repair. There are also some small dings and contact marks to the border and raised portions of the center medallion, but the details of the artwork are well preserved, do not show much overall wear. The original gold finish is still bright and largely intact having only minimal wear at the highest points, no blemishes or significant tarnish.

Established in 1951, this Soviet-inspired - and possibly Soviet designed - decoration was drastically changed in the 60s or 70s to a more bland, traditional "socialist" look without the workers in the center. Type 1 to Type 3 Orders of Labor, whether manufactured at the Soviet Mint or, as here, somewhere in the People's Republic, are all extremely scarce.

/See page 214-217 in Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) by Sessler & McDaniel/
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