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  1. It's the socalled "Stalin" type. Dull gilt but still very gold-like in colour. It was produced from around 1953 by the National Mint in Warsaw. As stated above it's 4th Class. Actually the 4th Class is around 55.6mm (depending on version) and the 5th Class is only 45mm. So besides the rosette there's also difference in size ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best regards Aahauge
  2. Bit difficult to see exact details from your photos, but to me it looks like a genuine Type 1 (Grabski). Size should be 38.5mm and the "eye" for the ribbon-ring is circular with a hole drilled through (and soldered on). Only 20.750 of this type were awarded and it's the most expensive type. The one you depict is in a bad shape with a lot of scratches, so I guess price would be around 50-60 usd. But that's me guessing. Best regards Aahauge
  3. Thx again Eddie, Now I can visualize how the circular mini-device was used. I know that the actual medal was fastened to one of the long metal bars, he used on official occasions, when he wore all his decorations - and I'm also fairly certain that he never attached the miniature to his ribbon bars. He had some 40+ ribbons on his bars, and probably didn't think much about this minor detail. Best regards Aahauge
  4. Thx Eddie! Just the sort of info I was looking for ๐Ÿ™‚ . I'm used to Polish medals, so the miniature confused me a bit.....in Poland they come with a ribbon (either cloth or enamel), but aye, my mini has the same sorts of pins for fastening, so guess the general just clamped it around the medal ring to not loose it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best regards Aahauge
  5. I think this is some kind of "Brotherhood in Arms" medal. I need a bit basic info: 1) The English name of the medal. 2) The purpose of the small, circular device attached between the ribbon and the medal - is it just a miniature or did it add some purpose/explanation for the full size medal (and hence was supposed to be attached to the medal). 3) Rarity. This medal came with a large group for a Polish Major General (gen.dyw.) Henryk Rapacewicz, that I bought a few years ago. He held quite a few important offices during Communism: Commander of the Silesian Military District
  6. His name is Stanislaw Sobczyk (son of) Stefan as implied above. You got the Standard of Labour, 2nd Class (left) and Cross of Merit, silver (Krzyz Zaslugi, right). If you look at the documents, right side top, you'll see some text. The word of most importance here is the last: gรณrnictwie, which means "mining". So Mr. Sobczyk worked in the mining industry and received these medals for long, impeccable service. The Order of the Standard of Labour, 2nd Class was awarded for 20 years (dwudziestoletnia). The Cross of Merit, silver, was awarded for 10 years (dziesiecioletnia).
  7. Hey Brian, Aye, you bought the 1st class back in 2008. It is indeed from the Communist PRL times and probably from the 1980s. There were actually 4 classes: 1st class gold 45mm; 2nd class gold (36mm); 3rd class silver (36mm); 4th class bronze (36mm). On the award documents will be stated the class only like 1st, 2nd etc. (I have attached a document for a 2nd class gold with a 2nd class gold medal (36mm) awarded to Major General Henryk Rapacewicz, commander of the Silesian Military District (SOW). From 1945/46 - 1989 there were at least 4 different versions all made by the N
  8. All medals and documents shown in this thread are genuine. No worries. Since this thread is very old, I won't spend time on detailed comments - unless there's still an interest? Best regards Aahauge
  9. Hey Noor, Can't open your photo, but those 4 medals would normally go together. The Warsaw, the Nysa and the Freedom were awarded to WWII veterans (in Soviet service) and if he stayed in the army until around 1965, he then would have gotten the 20 years too. The only curious thing is, that if he stayed 20 in the army, then he would have picked up more medals along the way (at least long service 5 years and Long service 10 years). Those ribbon bars should have been present too. Best regards Aahauge
  10. Hello Rakkasan. The badge looks genuine - low quality as used in late 1970s / 1980s. There's a least 3 official versions + a few sub-versions. The one u got has a screwplate from the National Mint, which was the maker for ages. I'm writing books on Polish medals and badges, and if you still need further information, I can check my files. Best regards Aahauge
  11. seems genuine. Sometimes ppl by accident received 2 medals - in this case Victory and Freedom. Most often it was due to two different authorities awarding the medal on the same occasion. If you had the documents you would probably see that one was awarded by the government and one by Kadr MON. Ribbons and sequence seems allright - a little confusion or misplacement is allright on this "actual" medal bar as opposed to a plain ribbon-bar. When veterans received new medals they were often attached, where they found space......to be later relocated, which sometimes failed. The ribbon-bar
  12. Sorry for late reply. If you still have the medal please submit a photo + document. I will happily valuate it for you. Best regards Aahauge
  13. Concerning the award booklet numbering (since I kinda lost track of all the other questions) The first sequence (242) is possibly a protocol number or a region/city number - tbh I have forgotten to ask in Poland ๐Ÿ˜ž The next sequence (79) defines the award year 1979. This rarely f.... up, but it happens. This doesn't really add up to rarity, but when the middle number doesn't correspond with the award year, it becomes a bit more interesting for document collectors. The final sequence (45) will normally define how many were awarded this year so far - in this case 45. To confuse th
  14. Too much fake light on the cross to determine if it's genuine. Tons of obsolete crosses were sold by the National Mint to collectors, so it's only worth anything with an award document. Best regards Aahauge
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