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    Soviet Union in World War II, Battle of Stalingrad, Soviet awards (1924-1991), Mongolian awards (1924-1991), Bulgarian awards (1908-1943)

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  1. name of Bulgarian order

    It's the Badge for Loyal Service under the Flag.
  2. On another website I came across this lady's work. She does a truly amazing job restoring old photos: http://digitartgallery.com/Photo_restoration_1.html
  3. Sorry, but the Nakhimov is fake.
  4. Honored Railwayworker Badge

    Very nice set! I think 'special agent' would be the best translation of оперуполномоченный in this case.
  5. I agree, and on top of that the citation was pretty good. The vagaries of the market...
  6. You need to distinguish between awarding and issuing - the first is the administrative act of bestowing a decoration upon somebody, the second is the physical presentation of the decoration to the recipient. Sometimes these two were days apart, sometimes weeks, sometimes even years. Serial numbers bear little to no relation to the award date, just the date of issue. These medals were numbered when they were manufactured. All medals manufactured after January 1947 did not have a serial number anymore, and stocks of the numbered pieces most likely ran out after a few months, so all medals issued after 1947 or so did not have a serial number. It wasn't uncommon, however, for a medal that was awarded during WW2 to be issued much later ('catch-up awards') - if such a medal was issued after 1947 it did not have a serial number. So it's possible that yours was awarded for deeds during WW2, but there's no way to tell. If you want a WW2-era specimen, just look for a numbered one - they are really common and affordable.
  7. There's an important difference between awarding and issuing - the first is the administrative act of bestowing a decoration (by prikaz or ukaz), the second is the physical bestowal upon the recipient. So your fifth statistic isn't quite clear to me, since this can't be one number. And regarding your third statistic: tens of thousands of Glories were awarded and issued after 31.12.1945...
  8. My first group....

    Igor is right - it's a very persistent misunderstanding that there's a close relation between serial number and award date (prikaz / ukaz date). In fact, there's only a real relation between serial number and date of issue. This particular situation is therefore easily explained - his May 1945 MCM wasn't bestowed immediately, as is quite common with these late wartime awards, but was issued shortly after he was awarded another MCM in November 1946. Both were issued in late 1946 / early 1947. The 2.7 mil serial numbers fit this time frame perfectly.
  9. That's what I suspected. Thanks for checking, Slava.
  10. Can we see the page with the name of the recipient? I must say I'm not wild about the entries.
  11. My first group....

    Theoretically, yes, but the system of awarding regular orders and medals for long service was abolished in early 1957, so had he still been serving after 30 years, he would have received nothing but a pat on the back.
  12. My first group....

    Apparently he served in the army from November 1931 to August 1953 - almost 22 years - so three more years and he would have been given a Lenin.
  13. I certainly wouldn't call it an unmitigated disaster, their estimates were simply way too high. A late wartime OPW2 is just not worth £180-240 (including the buyer's premium), but barely half that. The few lots that did sell show that the results were not bad at all. The late-war ORB for instance sold for £180, which is the same it would have sold for anywhere else, and the OG3+MC set went for a very respectable £192.
  14. Obviously the paper is damaged, no question about that, but I honestly don't think there's anything wrong with the entry.
  15. Really, it's an original one The enamel and the silver do show some wear, which does affect its value somewhat, but it's not that bad. It's probably a combat award, but there is a chance that it's a long service award.