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Old 08-18-2010, 02:37 AM   #11
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Re: MAJOR new book on DPRK awards!

You might know something that I have missed, and maybe I payed too much, but I must add that it's not the ones they sell on eBay that go for a few dollars and are china fakes. This is made with really great quality, the back side is robust, and the front is sharp and a bit flourescent.

If I can learn something from this, please let me know. Also thankful for suggestions for where to buy genuine badges.

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Old 08-18-2010, 11:44 AM   #12
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Re: MAJOR new book on DPRK awards!

Interesting! I´ve never seen Kim Jong Il depicted with a field uniform.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:22 PM   #13
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Re: MAJOR new book on DPRK awards!

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Interesting! I´ve never seen Kim Jong Il depicted with a field uniform.
It's rare, but does exist.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/i...epe240210d.gif
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:53 PM   #14
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Re: MAJOR new book on DPRK awards!

The book does not cover the Kim badges because they are not awards.

In fact, adults in the DPRK are required to wear them.

So, with literally millions of them having been produced (and, one would think, continuing to be produced) I'm really not certain how you can say that any are "fakes" and any are "real".

I have seen the type that you show on Ebay constantly, and apparently originating in China. Does that mean they are "fakes"? There seems to be so little interest in DPRK material that I wondered why the sellers kept offering these Kim badges. I just concluded that the manufacturers in China were actually making them for the DPRK itself, and selling off some of the extras on Ebay.

I may be completely wrong, but otherwise it just seems to make no sense for a workshop in China to crank them out when they could be making something that was in higher demand.
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Re: MAJOR new book on DPRK awards!

I finally got to have a good look at this book yesterday. It is a good book. A very good book. Great photographs and very informative. Certainly something that you could get many MANY hours of pleasure from just looking at the pictures.

The book goes into immense detail on some awards (the Medal "For The Liberation Of Korea" springs to mind) but other awards only show a fraction of the number of types/variations. Many of these missing types and variations can be found here on the forum so combining the two references is a good idea.
The rarity ratings given are generally too high. Some items given R1 and R2 when I would see them as A or C but there has been a constant stream of DPRK awards coming onto the market since this book was written.
Many of the High/Low observed numbers are considerably out of line with my own observations (of items in my own collection for example) with some of the ranges needing to be expanded by 200%+. All three of the Orders Of Kim Il Sung in my collection are considerably lower than the range in the book (and I have seen lower still) and I have a great deal of other DPRK awards similarly "out of range".

That being said it IS a good book.

If either of the authors wish to contact me for additional information or photographs of items in the collection they should feel free at any time.
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Re: Military And Civil Awards Of The Democratic People's Republic Of Korea

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Hey everyone. I am young researcher on North Korean history and after reading this 2009 book I became interested in how this whole system of North Korean decorations has developed. After several months of checking sources I only wanted to see if anyone has already reviewed his book eventually leading me to your forum.

I plan to submit my review of his book in about a week. But I am looking forward to further work on the topic as there is so much material around. To name just a few things I could figure out: 1) The "Hero of the DPRK" was, in fact, only titled "Hero of the Korean People's Republic" and changed into DPRK in 1954. Accordingly, those earlier awards presented in the book seem authentic. 2) Award booklets started to feature not award or booklet numbers but eventually the number of the decree of North Korea's standing committee which allows an interesting look into North Korea's legal development.

I hope to upload some award-related legal texts and their English translation soon. But I am currently swamped with work and that will take a while.

Has any one you been in contact with Mr. Sessler? I did not get a response to my email for a month now and I am still hesitating to write him a letter.
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