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Old 05-11-2002, 06:28 PM   #1
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Medal "For The Defence Of Odessa".

In "mondvor" web site there is a prototype medal of Odessa, with different ribbon and color of the medal:

Look at the lighthouse - it is very sharp, in contrast to the final version:
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Old 05-12-2002, 06:32 AM   #2
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Hi Tal

I've just dug out my Russian and Soviet Military Awards book by V A Durov published by the Lenin State History museum, published 1990.

It is a very simple book compared to PD's and for that reason I had stowed it away.

But it has got pictues of some phototypes.

Please see below, it's not a brilliant picture but it is in stark contrast to your scans.

I would love to hear the story behind your observations.

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Old 05-12-2002, 06:39 AM   #3
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Hi

In the book "Medals of USSR" by Volodin/Merlay (see the reference section for more details) there are 3 prototypes for this medal. In fact, every medal "for defense" or "for liberation/capture" has some prototypes and scetches. There are unrealized orders as well, such as order of Bagration, which look very much like the order of glory.

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Old 05-12-2002, 06:45 AM   #4
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Hi Tal

where did you get the pics from or are they yours.

I hope you're right because if you are, it means I have a phototype of the sevastopol medal? and not a bummer!

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Old 11-19-2002, 12:48 PM   #5
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Odessa Prototype.
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Old 08-12-2003, 09:03 AM   #6
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IMHO,

The strike is too sharp!!! Unless this was one of the first 1000 or so, the strike shouldn't be this sharp. Even then, to achieve a relief like the one on this medal, the press needs to be set to higher striking pressure and strike the blank several times.


I would tender a guess and say it's a modern piece.

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Hello All

I have been offered this Odessa medal, I am told it is a var 2
1960's issue.

Looks good to me, but what do I know.
What do you all think, and is $90usd a fair price?


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Old 11-06-2003, 10:07 AM   #8
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I think that 90 dollars is to much...
I sold one for 50$ and there are internet sites that sell them for well under 90$
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I think that 90 dollars is to much...
I sold one for 50$ and there are internet sites that sell them for well under 90$
I don't think $90 is a bad price. Besides it's very hard and next to difficult to find an original 1940's issue for under $100.

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Odessa Medal

Okay, one more question, is not the var 2 harder to find as it was awarded to those that did not get one in the 1940's? For what ever reason.

I would think there is less var 2 than var 1's?

Paul McDaniels book does not mention this.
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