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  1. Marse, I would like to see opinions on your Partisan as well. I hope that someone will revive this thread one day...
  2. Defence of Sevastopol Medal

    I do not think this medal is original. The posted photos are small, unfortunately, a large scan of the coin would have been preferred rather than seeing the suspension (which is modern and not official, btw). Suspension are often replaced for various reasons and do not contribute to the assessment of authenticity of the medal (they do contribute to the final price during negotiation, of course). My impression is that this medal is a cast copy, and the suspension ring is badly soldered. Again I see the worn out "H" (N) in the center of the reverse, which is a common detail among a large family of fake soviet medals.
  3. Soviet Partisan medal 2nd class

    I have a bad feeling about this medal, but I wouldn't draw any conclusion from the posted pictures. Spots of oxidation on the brass are not uncommon, therefore I think this only observation is not sufficient to make an opinion. On the other end, I do not like the details of the ear of stalin, nor the profile of his nose. There are also other details which look odd, but they might be light effects in the photo. You should provide larger scans taken from the front. Please post also the reverse, if you can.
  4. Odessa Medal

    From the pictures I do not see anything obviously wrong with this medal, but keep in mind I am not an expert and Odessa counts a variety of fakes of very good quality. Compared with the one published in mondvor website, there are anyhow some differences which might be due to illumination effects, like the general impression that there are too many details especially on the avers, compared to the general "soft" aspect of the odessa medal. Also in this case, the high contrast might be due to the light impingement angle. Let's see if other collectors will leave more conclusive comments.
  5. Odessa Medal

    It looks to me a voenkomat version, could be original but I am not an expert of late productions. Could you post an image of the full reverse?
  6. Odessa Medal

    It is a bad reproduction, for a number of reasons. Everything on the avers is too approximate. The suspension ring is totally unrealistic. In addition, I would be always prudent with medals showing such a strong wear traces in the middle of the reverse (look at the N (H) in нашу). Finally, the reverse of the medal shows details of the voenkomat versions, in contrast with the soldered ring.
  7. Pictures are not ideal for this type of assessment, nevertheless I also think that the MOOP RSFSR is silver, but I have doubts on the KGB. It seems to be that it has traces of silver wash, which was not applied on solid silver medals. I post a silver KGB for comparison
  8. I am keen to consider it as original, but with a replaced screwpost. The nut is recent, and has nothing to do with these proficiency badges.
  9. Hallo Nick! I hope you are still well. I wish you a happy new year!

  10. Campaign medals fakecheck

    I concur. All medals are original.
  11. Help identifying medals

    It is not a soviet medal bar, in my opinion.They would repeat the typical pentagonal shape of the suspension for each medal.
  12. SOVIET GOLDHEAD ORDER OF LENIN

    maybe here? http://www.mirnagrad.ru/cgi-bin/exinform.cgi?page=27&ppage=1 Amazon seems having it in their catalog, but out of stock http://www.amazon.com/Entsiklopediya-sovetskikh-nagrad-Lenina-Stalina/dp/1932525238/ref=sr_1_30?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455741189&sr=1-30&refinements=p_27%3AV.+A.+Durov
  13. Super! Thank you for sharing, JapanX!
  14. Thanks Sergio, your words are encouraging, but I still have some doubts on that partisan medal. I see some difference in the lettering of the obverse which make me nervous. Your badge is very nice, and looks convincing. I am not an expert on these, I have no idea whether it would be worth being faked. However, I like its patina.
  15. After more than two months, I have to assume this is a really difficult one, isn't it? :-)
  16. A Nice BoH

    The name Абууллажон (Abuullajon) sounds from Uzbekistan, but I found the family name DZHAMALITDINOV in Валдай (Valday, Novgorod, Russia). Elsewhere it is said to be from Solokh-Aul in the Krasnodar region.
  17. Another medal for assessment of originality... This time a Partisan of the GPW, first class in silver, apparently a Variant 2 according to Mondvor. If I compare this medal to the sure original shown on Mondvor site, I notice some differences in the letters of the avers, for instance the first "O" and the "ч" of ОтечеÑтвенной, as well as the last letters of the word "войны", which seem larger than normal, but this could be flattening due to wear. Thank you for leaving your comments.
  18. I am sorry as well, Nick! I paid a fortune...
  19. I repeatedly fail in getting original Academy Badges for my collection. This one was promising, but apparently everything is wrong with the ввмиу plate. I have been told that they are always secured to the rhomb by means of clasps. This one seems just glued. Pity, because the other elements of the badge look proper.
  20. Hello! An italian collector sent me these pictures of his Medal for the Defense of the Public Order. His impression is that it might be made of silver, therefore there are chances it is a type 2 because of the 15 ribbons in the crest. Nevertheless, there are some details making me very skeptical, in particular the lack of sharpness in the details and the general, diffused porosity which I would not expect in these relatively recent specimens. All comments are definitely welcome.
  21. Thanks for your comments. True that the pictures are not the best quality, and I am not the most qualified person to spot cast copies, but I had this impression as well, but I thought it was driven mainly by the poor photos. If I can get better pictures I will submit them to you.
  22. is this authentic, in your opinion?
  23. I start liking this badge very much. I have seen most fakes are actually showing strong mirror reverse characteristics. I am unsure that there were originals with this feature. The most ancient types were flatbacks or only slightly mirror reverse. Reading this post, I started being confused in recognizing fake and originals from the pictures.
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