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Old 10-05-2003, 08:52 AM   #1
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Badge "Honoured Railworker".

What is this badge?
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Old 10-05-2003, 11:15 AM   #2
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This is a Honoured Railway Employee Award Badge, bronze version, 1930-1950s.

Also exist in sterling-silver and brass versions.

"This badge was the highest Stalin era award of railway employees, equivalent of "Honored" titles in other fields. This "honorary badge" was often given to higher NKVD officers supervising railroad construction and prisoner transportation. Shows locomotive bearing Stalin's name." : this description is coming from the website of a well-know dealer, proposing them in the 75-95$ range.

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Old 10-06-2003, 07:55 AM   #3
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I would question the "often" though. Sounds like all too common dealer "padding". This is a civilian Railways and the vast majority of recipients were civlina railway employees, then military railway and then, rarest, the NKVD.

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Old 10-06-2003, 01:25 PM   #4
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Here is a silver version awarded in1938 to mamuka kurmanidze
i have scanned this in 4 pictures as i cant seem to work out how to scan docs without exceeding the limits

reverse numbered 5282

The happy recipient...Tov.Kurmanidze
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Old 10-07-2003, 07:12 PM   #5
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Here's a brass variation with a document.

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Old 01-21-2004, 06:07 PM   #6
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Badge "Honoured Rail Worker".

Honored/Meritorius Railway Employee Badge Awarded to a member of the ZK or SED ex GDR.

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Old 04-06-2005, 06:41 PM   #7
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Another railway badge.

Could I get an opinion please? Thanks
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:14 AM   #8
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Yes, it looks genuine to me, too. Good numbered example with the right screwplate. It wouldn't embarass anyone's collection. There are several variations of this badge, including a solid silver one. There is also a booklet for this badge but they are hard to find. I come across an orphan booklet from time to time and buy it, as I do the badges without booklets, but I have only found 3-4 badges with their original booklets.

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Old 11-09-2005, 02:59 PM   #9
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Badge "Honoured Railworker".

Evening all.
Can anyone assist with some info regarding the attached Soviet Honourable Railway Worker Medal.It is in pristine condition and numbered on the back.Someone has mentioned that approx 120,000 of the type were issued but I have never seen this type so must have a rarity value.Most important question,what is it worth ?
Unfortunately I have no other pictures available.
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Old 11-09-2005, 05:14 PM   #10
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I have already seen this badge a few times in St Petersburg. As far as I can tell, it is not overly rare, simply less common. As to prices, I believe they were going around $10~15.

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