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Eric Gaumann

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  1. This just popped up. I know it doesn't qualify as "shinny" for this thread but it does have that 'shiny' coating on the reverse that irks me for some reason. Note it is hallmarked; I used to think these were tombak, and it's a 6 torch version. When did the torches change from 5 to 6, 1963?
  2. Great set! Thanks. Re: the shaft. In the Soviet Union these were occasionally shortened by the owners to lessen the poke-in-the-chest factor. And it's usually fairly obvious when they've been shortened. This may be the case in Yugoslavia, or it may be differing suppliers(if such a thing existed) delivered different shaft lengths or perhaps even theft of material.
  3. Thanks for your information and your kind words. So it was produced in 1945/46 but we really have no idea when it was awarded, or if it was awarded, do we? Not necessarily this particular piece but since we see so many unissued Yugo awards available it makes me wonder why they made so many awards than they needed.
  4. It took me a few months of searching on ebay but it was worth it. Big delay with Bosnia post (over a month) so it caused some concern but all's well that ends well. Less than US$ 30 including P&P. Any guess on the date of production with the 24k serial number? Late 1940s? Oh, and here it is in the new display.
  5. Here it is. It took a while to get from Bosnia to Florida but it was worth the wait. Second Class, earlier version. Sorry I can't focus any better on the hallmarks.
  6. Thanks for that!!!
  7. "Incredibly are high the prices of gold coins." Yep. Gold took a huge price jump a few years back and while the spot price has dropped some it still retains value. Silver went up as well at the same time, and then went down slowly but has not seen the same perceived value. At least in my opinion. What's a few good Communist Czechoslovak awards to look after with a tight budget?
  8. It's crazy, isn't it? I'm not a huge collector with a big budget but I've never seen prices actually go down like this. And these are not cheap, tin awards; in many cases they are real silver. Nor were they awarded in hundreds of thousands or millions; they are fairly rare. It's just crazy...
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    Miniatures of Soviet Medals

    A miniature, silver OG3 modern copy would be a neat addition. As would an Imperial George Cross.
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    Making a reference site

    I use the Mondvor site often, and since my native language is English I use the Chrome website translator and the results are very good. There are a plethora of forums (this one included) that provide for images and information, many of them in English and those in other languages are easily translated in this day and age. As for medal images I have a relatively extensive collection and would be happy to be involved with taking photographs of them. But my time and effort would require some sort of compensation.
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    Imperial Russian medal, 4th class

    "I have few imperial Russian "kolodas" left so I used this one instead. Should I put the rings back?" Without any clearer images I'd leave things as-is. Having said that I put my few on Soviet suspensions with replacement ribbons as they all came without either.
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    Researched Cross of St George

    I'd start with the friend in Russia, and then try googling the regiment name in it's original, Cyrillic form.
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    Imperial Russian medal, 4th class

    The citation's pretty grisly. And while I'm not an expert at all the medal looks good to me. Original ribbon and suspension? That would be a big bonus.
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    Shockworker Badges

    These were awarded from the mid 40s to the mid 50s only? Is that for the most part accurate? I believe I read somewhere 1943 or '44 as the start date?
  15. Super, thanks! I see they have a forum there as well; any better or worse than here?
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    This seems the best thread to post images of displays. I don't want to create a new thread when a similar one already exists. So here's my new display: there's two places unfilled at the moment; one, the Order of Merit to the People 2c is in the mail right now, and eventually I'm going to add another Partisan Star to fill this out. If any of you Yugoslav collectors have display images please share them here. I love seeing collections.
  17. Bumping this old thread up because I am interested in Yugo precedence. Bryan's first link is no longer working but I made a list from the second link. Here it is, albeit incomplete: 1) The Order of the Yugoslav Star 2) The Order of Freedom 3) The Order of the People's Hero 4) The Order of the Hero of Socialist Labor 5) The Order of National Liberation 6) The Order of the Military Flag (Order of the War Banner) 7) The Order of the Yugoslav flag 8) The Order of the Partisan Star 9) The Order of the Republic 10) The Order of Merit to the People 11) The Order of Brotherhood and Unity 12) The Order of the People's Army 13) The Order of Labor 14) The Order of Military Merit 15) Order of Bravery Help? PS: A very useful Yugoslavian awards page: http://www.sammler.ru/database/index.php?cat=407.
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    St. Georg Cross lot

    I like them as well.
  19. It's more than likely a reproduction. It should look like these here: http://medalirus.ru/georgievskie-kresty/zovo-3-rus-jap-old.php There were some crosses made outside of Russian that varied slightly in design that were also legitimate but I haven't seen one match our numbers (which are Russo/Japanese War era). Is that maker's/content stamp at the top of your medal or just a blemish? The suspension is a common, WW2 era Soviet suspension. Pretty common for Imperial awards to be display as such. See my George Medal mounted on a Soviet suspension (with other Soviet items). Also, there is an Imperial Russian section here, hopefully a mod will move this thread there for more attention.
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    Order of Military Merit

    It's the 3rd class with the hallmark, not the 2C. I typed it wrong and by the time I realized I couldn't edit it.
  21. I think I just bought a good one. Will share when it arrives and you start the new thread.
  22. Looking forward to the 2C thread. I'm in the market for one right now; it's gotta be a screwback with a hallmark and not "shinny" though. They are somewhat common on ebay at the moment; just got to find a good price.
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    Order of Military Merit

    Here's the new addition; OMM 3rd Class with his friend the OMM 2nd. Both are T2 and both are hallmarked on the Star, the 2nd also has hallmarks on the wreath as well.
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    Order of Military Merit

    Incoming! These are images from the seller as I just won this ebay auction I am still astonished by Yugo award's prices. Can we make some, or do we have some, sort of 'type and variation' for this order?
  25. I wonder.... Since he "attended the Naval Academy in Leningrad (USSR) from 1961-63" was he wearing, on his right breast (our left), the Soviet Higher Academy Graduation badge in this particular picture? I notice in other images he's wearing the distinctive triangular academy badge peculiar to the DDR in that spot.