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Some of us noticed a large amount of "shinny" IKOM orders flooding the market, I think it's about time to start a separate topic about this matter.
The list includes the following decorations:
-Partisan Star 3rd Class
-Partisan Star 2nd Class
-Order of Brotherhood and Unity 2nd Class
-Order of Brotherhood and Unity 1st Class
-Order of Merits for the People 3rd Class
-Order of Merits for the People 2nd Class
-Order of Labor 2nd Class
I would also add one higher decoration to this list - Order of National Liberation!
All these orders have a few things in common. They are early IKOM "screw" decorations which look brand spanking new, at least to me, even though they should be from the forties and/or the fifties.

I'll post a few examples of every decoration from the list, since the Partisan Star 3rd class is the first I'll go from there. I don't know if these were being awarded at all, I have never seen IKOM made Partisan Star with an awarding certificate of any kind, let alone with a matching number. They are hallmarked (IKOM and rooster) and numbered (20K-29K).
Couple of orders I already posted in the Yugoslavian Partisan Stars topic, notice the rifles on these two.
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The rest of the photos I posted in the above mentioned topic, these are some of the ones I really dislike, there are nicer examples.
First star doesn't have "rooster" hallmark but it has a "double vision" number.
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Wider screw nuts comparison.
Up - Partisan Stars, down - IKOM screw nuts of the following decorations from my collection which I consider 100% authentic:
-Brotherhood & Unity II
-Merits for the People II
-Merits for the People III
-Partisan Commemorative Medal 1941
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Here's one more unusual detail which can be seen on some of the stars.
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Here's my shiny PS3.  It's being discussed on the PS thread but it helped ignite discussion about what we're thinking may be much more recent emissions or strikes.

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And here's an image of the same awards with arrows point to what I consider excessive filing or saw marks as initially noted above.

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Thank you for your contribution to this matter! For those who didn't follow our discussion in the Partisan Star topic, Eric was kind enough to test his star for silver content. Hopefully results will answer some of the questions we have.

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Partisan Star 2nd Class

Up until the last year IKOM made 2nd classes were extremely rare and then all of the sudden they started flooding the market. As the time goes by their number is increasing, I noticed five stars this month alone.
All of them are hallmarked (IKOM and rooster) and numbered (so far 78XX-81XX). They also look new and shinny and have those ugly wider screw nuts.
Here are couple of photos of the first one I noticed, it got sold over Serbian internet auction site for nearly 500 euros and then ended up on ebay. Nowadays you can easily get them for around 80 euros.
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This is the only one I remember from before, front side more or less the same, back side - a different story.
Photos found HERE.
So far I saw only couple of 1st class stars and they were also unnumbered, on the other hand I don't remember seeing unnumbered 3rd class.
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Hello Paja.

In the title you must specify for Yugoslavian orders.

Because IKOM-ZAGREB praduced orders for many states (include Albania).

Regards my friend.

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Side by side.
Different surface on the back side, different Roman numeral, one numbered and hallmarked, other one not. Apart from all that looks like the left one had narrower screw nut.
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16 minutes ago, Kallarati Heroik said:

Hello Paja.

In the title you must specify for Yugoslavian orders.

Because IKOM-ZAGREB praduced orders for many states (include Albania).

Regards my friend.

Title renamed, thanks for the suggestion.
Best regards.

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Thanks for creating this topic Paja! I hope we will find some answers.

Here's my shinny IKOM Partisan Star 3rd class which I've already shown here: http://gmic.co.uk/topic/15023-yugoslavian-partisan-stars/?page=11 post #258

It has an unusual details which both Paja and Eric pointed out.

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Thank you for posting photos of the order from your collection.
Take a look at 2nd and 1st class from Sammler's base, you can't see that detail on the front side.
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On the other hand most of the numbered 2nd classes have that front side flaw. It's clearly visible on this particular example, on some of the others not as much.
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34 minutes ago, paja said:

Thank you for posting photos of the order from your collection.
Take a look at 2nd and 1st class from Sammler's base, you can't see that detail on the front side.

I don't like these at all. The 2nd class' screw pin looks like it isn't in center at all. The 1st class' wreath is way too thin.

16 minutes ago, paja said:

On the other hand most of the numbered 2nd classes have that front side flaw. It's clearly visible on this particular example, on some of the others not as much.

Maybe those are actually mint flaws which were common for this order...

Talking about shinny, I have this documented group of Order of Labour with Golden Wreath and Order of Merits for the People with Silver Rays awarded to the single person which I think it's 100% authentic. Is it just me or does it have that shinny too good to be true look although I think it's legit?

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1 hour ago, BalkanCollector said:

I don't like these at all. The 2nd class' screw pin looks like it isn't in center at all. The 1st class' wreath is way too thin.

Maybe those are actually mint flaws which were common for this order...

I think you're right about the 2nd class' screw not being centered. I've only seen two or three IKOM made 1st classes and they also looked like that.

Perhaps, but then again it's unusual to see so many flawed decorations coming out of IKOM, especially those uneven edges on the back side.

1 hour ago, BalkanCollector said:

Talking about shinny, I have this documented group of Order of Labour with Golden Wreath and Order of Merits for the People with Silver Rays awarded to the single person which I think it's 100% authentic. Is it just me or does it have that shinny too good to be true look although I think it's legit?

Everything looks authentic to me as well. First of all these are not made out of silver, but even some non precious metals and alloys catch patina and I believe you can see some of it on the back side of the Labor Order and the front side of the Merits for the People. I think someone cleaned them up a bit at some point, especially the Labor Order. I had one 3rd class like that, front side shinny, back side patinated, so what happened? I believe someone cleaned it up and then back side being in contact with that synthetic material inside the box patinated faster.
If you take a look at the double needle Labor Order (2nd and 3rd class) which was the last type (not that remade variant), you can see that most of them shine, but I don't think there's anything wrong with them. Silver was not used for their production, I'm pretty sure they aren't silvered and I always had a feeling they applied a thin layer of some kind of lacquer over them.

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8 minutes ago, BalkanCollector said:

Any chance you can share the photos of those three IKOM 1st classes?

PM sent.

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Here's one more 2nd class Partisan Star and then I'll move to the Brotherhood & Unity order.
Photos are from ebay, it got sold last month for 193$.
Seller's description: "Made from silver. IKOM ZAGREB mint, never seen."
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This one is pretty much the same as the previous one, high number (8K), two hallmarks (IKOM and rooster), front side flaws...
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I know I said I'll move to the Brotherhood and Unity Order but take a look at this one I just noticed. 
Judging by the photos and especially background I'm pretty sure the seller is the same.
On top of everything this one has hand-engraved number.
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That's really weird. I've never seen any Yugoslav decoration hand engraved. Also, does it look like it only has IKOM stamp or am I missing the rooster somewhere?

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Me neither, number on Yugoslav made orders were imprinted not hand engraved.
I think you're right, I don't see rooster hallmark.

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4 hours ago, BalkanCollector said:

hand engraved.

The more correct term would be 'rotating tool engraved'.  I think the Mondvor site uses that term for the late-era Soviet awards engraved in that manner.  Apologies for being pedantic.  It's easier to differentiate between the two styles.

 

8 hours ago, BalkanCollector said:

Is it just me or does it have that shinny too good to be true look although I think it's legit?

I'm sure it's fine.  Your right side order shows what I always assumed to be some sort of lacquer that was applied to a lot of later Yugo awards and contributes to some 'shineyness'.  You lacquer has failed in a few spots and some patina has started to develop.  At least that's my theory.

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17 hours ago, Eric Gaumann said:

The more correct term would be 'rotating tool engraved'.  I think the Mondvor site uses that term for the late-era Soviet awards engraved in that manner.  Apologies for being pedantic.  It's easier to differentiate between the two styles.

Thanks for clarification, no need to apologize.
According to Rudež, after the war IKOM made unnumbered Partisan Stars with screw and his book remains the main source of information about Yugoslav decorations to this day.
Stojan Rudež was the chief of the Chancellery of Orders for some time during the eighties. Based on his signatures on the awarding certificates I'm guessing from 1983 until 1984. 

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Order of Brotherhood and Unity 2nd Class
High numbers (30K-60K), hallmarked (IKOM and rooster), mainly those ugly wider screw nuts.
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