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Hi Hendrik,

This is the Medal for 10 Years of Irreproachable Service in the Ministry of Interior.

Established in 1964. Issued to policemen, fire fighters and, after 1969, to state security officers (starting that year Bulgarian Committee of State Security merged with the Ministry of Interior). Reverse shows emblem similar to that of Soviet KGB: shield with a vertical sword and hammer and sickle.



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Hendrik, Christophe,

Looks like the Bulgarian Medal for 10 Years of Irreproachable Service in the Ministry of Interior to me, on the correct ribbon. The reverse has 10 not 15 years service.

The dark blue stripes indicate the following:

1st class 1 stripe, 20 years service

2nd class 2 stripes, 15 years service

3rd class 3 stripes, 10 years service

Regards Eddie

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There are three main differences to the reverse on these medals.

Henrik's has the newer style MVR Coat of Arms. The one on Igor's site is the older version Coat of Arms. There is also one without the MVR at the bottom, this was issued to Fire service members.

After the 1969 merger between the Bulgarian Committee of State Security and the Ministry of Interior the MVR coat of Arms was probably altered.

Just a little more info under George Dimitrov's image on the obverse is the date of the founding of the MVR Internal Ministry "10.IX.1944"

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Many thanks indeed to both of you for the interesting additional information and putting the medal within its timeframe !



Always glad to help :cheers:

Regards Eddie

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