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My understanding is that unlike any other Eastern bloc country, the Romanian government made distinctions along "class" lines. The top party leaders got gold ones, the higher level party functionaries got silver-gilt versions, while the bulk of the populace got these. It was like this even for other awards, as well.

I got this one from a contact I have in Romania who has an astounding personal collection of RPR and RSR decorations.

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Collectrussia has one for sale for a hefty 3.800, and provides a very good description which I think would also be relevant for this thread:

"Hero of Labor of Romanian Socialist Republic, 1970s - mid 1980s.

The star is in 14 K gold; suspension device in silver gilt. The star medallion measures 27.4 mm in width, 29.9 mm in height including the eyelet; 13.2 g total weight with suspension. The suspension shows hallmarks of Romanian State Mint and stamped serial number "206"; the pin of the suspension is also hallmarked and maker marked. In excellent condition. Shows no wear or scratches to the gold, the details are beautifully crisp. The suspension shows attractive patina to silver.

The title of Hero of Labor was established in 1965. Only 298 Type 1 medals in gold have been issued prior to mid 1980s, when this version was replaced by a gold medal without serial number and with three stripes on the suspension ribbon. The Type 1 gold medals were reportedly awarded exclusively to VIPs whereas the rank and file party members were given the gilded brass version (approximately 600 of the latter have been issued during the same period). "

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Contacted the national archives, and a few weeks later I got the following response (for what it's worth):

"...we have been unsuccessful in identifying any records related to the medal with no. 164.

In order to continue the research, it is that you indicate the person the medal was awarded to and when it was awarded(the year)."

Unfortunately I do not have the name / year :banger:

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