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  1. Nice example! Thank you! I have photo evidence for the existence of 14 Goldheads, but I have never seen this 16X8 before! Yes, you are absolutely correct. The Goldhead Lenins suffered from poor quality due to very thin plating of silver on the Lenin bust which rubbed off...and poor quality of the enamel which caused it to crack and flake off. A fake Goldhead Lenin sold 2 weeks ago on eBay and the seller was in Ukraine...the poor guy won it at $4400. What an expensive lesson! Probably when the buyer finds out that he was conned, you will see it back on ebay. What would be very interesting is t
  2. Like a budget conscious seasoned traveler, bad habits are hard to break. If I had to choose to between a Hilton or a budget hotel, I always picked the budget. You can always tell a budget hotel because they always have digits after their names (Motel 6, California 8, Sleazy 8, Crazy 8, etc., or the name Budget or Economy as in Budget Inn or Economy Inn)...always next to the busy highway offramp. I refuse to stay at motels which posts hourly rates! (I have minimum standards). But when I got to Halgol in the vicinity of Khalkin Gol, it was an entirely different story!!! There were only 2 "hotels
  3. I've always been fascinated with Mongolia and the Khalkin Gol Campaign. Many years ago, I had a chance to get out to Khalkin Gol. Along the way, we stopped off at TAMSAG BULAG (sometimes spelled Tamsak Bulak). I just had to go there...because I just loved the name! I used to tell my wife: "One of these days, I have to go visit Tamsag Bulag!" This place was once a giant Soviet airfield and military staging area to fight the Japanese forces at Khalkin Gol. I was expecting to see an old airfield, aircraft relics, etc. When we got there, my reaction was: "WTF...!" There was absolutely nothing ther
  4. This is a very interesting set. Notice that the medals are numbered 2270 and 2279. The medals are only 9 numbers apart! № 2270 belonged to a Soviet fighter ace named Shalva Kiriya who shot down 28 enemy planes. № 2279 belonged to Major Pavel Bilanov, an Ossetian, who took his infantry unit and crossed the Dniester, and established a bridgehead. The owner of this set told me that there is a collector here in the US who owns № 2277. It was quite a thrill to see something like this!!!
  5. I visited a collector/friend recently and he showed me a Type 1 HSU #15X. When I researched this, I found out that it had been awarded to a fighter pilot during the Khalkin-Gol Campaign in August 1939. I have a Type 1 #2XX. Have any of you seen any Type 1s below #150??? What would something like that be worth? My friend wouldn't tell me what he paid for his nor when and how he acquired it.
  6. I acquired this small booklet a while ago. It belonged to Maguba Syrtlanova, one of the famous "Night Witches" and a Heroine of the Soviet Union. She died in 1971.
  7. Found that old 1967 Ken Lane catalog. Ken Lane sent me this EKI and for 45 years, I have wondered if it is original or not. There are no markings on the back.
  8. This Goldhead Lenin was sold recently. I have never seen anything so beautiful!!! It came with a booklet, too!!! I've heard that the Lenin bust was originally silver-plated over the gold, but all the photos I have seen of these medals shows a gold Lenin bust. Perhaps it was a very thin plating of silver which rubbed off. From what I read from the materials provided by Mr. Rocketscientist, the quality of the order was very bad (bad enameling).
  9. Thank you Gunner1! I found a copy at abebooks.com a couple of hours ago.
  10. WOW!!!!! Thank you very much, Mr. Rocketscientist!!!!!!!!!!! I can read some Russian. This will be absolutely helpful!!!!
  11. Does anyone have any detailed information on the Type 2, "Goldhead" Order of Lenin? Back in 2013, the NY Sale was auctioning a Goldhead Lenin #1166, but it was way way beyond my reach. Although I would never be able to acquire one, there is nothing stopping me from studying its history. #1166 sold for $22,500!!! NJ dealer Igor M. recently sold one, #788; and in 1997, NY dealer Dmitri Markov sold #1209 in 1997. I know they are extremely rare and I'm trying to ascertain how many have been marketed in the past years here in the US. Igor had another Goldhead which he sold about 10
  12. I've been collecting for a number of years, but I am ALWAYS learning from fellow collectors! Red Banner No.5 is a fake, with a PMD certificate! Wow! I appreciate everyone's kind response!!! You are indeed, real gentleman!!! Thank you very very much!!!
  13. Back in the mid 1960s, when I was a teen, I used to save up some money by doing neighborhood lawn mowing jobs, then send away for various Nazi medals from KEN LANE, who operated out of Austria. I knew nothing about "restrikes" back then, and I was just thrilled to get my hands on a "genuine" Iron Cross 1st and 2nd classes, and a Knights Cross!!! It wasn't until a decade later that I learned about restrikes and fakes. I used to sell items for Ken...he'd send me a bunch of medals, I would sell some in the SHOTGUN NEWS classified... or he would tell me to send this and that to
  14. Thank you gentlemen! I don't have any questionable medals at this time. I was out of this hobby for a long time and wanted to know how bad it has gotten since I left. I think I'll sit it out for a while and just study the ones I have now.
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