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Old 05-07-2002, 08:40 AM   #1
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Medal "Defender Of Free Russia".

Before Yeltsin came to power, there was siege of the Russian parliament building in Moscow, or the 'white house' as I' heard it called.

A number of those who defended the building were awarded a medal for 'Defence of free Russia'. As far as I know there were only issued in silver, and are serial numbered.

However, I've seen them available in bronze, without a serial number. An example is attached. Were these also issued in bronze, perhaps a lower class, or is this a fake?

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Old 05-07-2002, 12:31 PM   #2
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Well, according to some experts only the silver color is genuine and the bronze is a fake.
There were no classes to the medals, and original cost $90-110. I saw the gold color offered for $30.00.

Please take a look at:

http://www.netdialogue.com/yy/Russia...FreeRussia.htm
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Old 05-07-2002, 05:04 PM   #3
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Hi,

The bronze is not a fake, but an unfinished mint product before Ni-plating. Apparently a bunch of them were stollen from the mint.

Interestingly, according to the Statute signed by Yeltsin in 1992, the medal was supposed to me made of tombac, but I have never seen one yet. Even medals with very low serial numbers are made of Ni-plated brass.
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Old 05-07-2002, 05:53 PM   #4
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Alexei,

Tombac is just another term for German-Silver or White Metal or Pot Metal correct?

Volodin/Merlai says tombac is 3-10% zinc and the remainder copper.

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Old 05-07-2002, 06:04 PM   #5
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Art,

True. Sometimes the so called half-tombacs (alloy of Cu with 10-20% Zn) are also called tombac.

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Old 11-10-2002, 04:28 PM   #6
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The loop is quite ugly, but other then that it's quite nice. Sold as a copy:

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Old 12-07-2003, 05:52 AM   #7
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Hi Guys,
Maybe you can help me with this Russian Fed medal.
Does it look OK.
Weren't these Medals issued with award numbers?
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:18 PM   #8
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Taz,

I think it's probably OK. It has to be numbered on the reverse, but I have also seen one without a number.

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Old 12-09-2003, 01:52 PM   #9
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Alexei,

Thanks for your opinion, the details do look sharp.The thing that was worrying me most was the missing award number but maybe it hadn,t been issued, or do you know any other reason?

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Eddie,

I think it's most likely unissued.

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