The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow"


The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow" The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow"
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General Description : The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow" (Russian: Медаль «В память 800-летия Москвы») was a state commemorative medal of the Soviet Union established by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on September 20, 1947 and bestowed to prominent Soviet citizens and veterans in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the first Russian reference to Moscow, dating to 1147 when Yuri Dolgorukiy called upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski to "come to me, brother, to Moscow". Its statute was amended by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on July 17, 1980.
The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow" was awarded to: workers, technicians and employees of industrial enterprises, transportation and urban development of Moscow; to people working in science, technology, art, literature, education and health; to employees of state institutions, party, trade unions, Komsomol and other public organizations; who distinguished themselves in working in the reconstruction of the capital and ensured the development of its own labour in industry, transportation, urban development, and in academic and cultural institutions; to soldiers, to war or labour related invalids; to housewives who take an active part in the improvement of the city and in the work of schools and childcare facilities. Award was conditional to having resided in the city of Moscow or its suburbs for a minimum of 5 years.
The Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow" was awarded on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR by the Executive Committee of the City of Moscow and the People's Deputies of the Regional Executive Committees based on documents issued by the heads of enterprises, the Party or government organizations. Each medal came with an attestation of award, this attestation came in the form of a small 8 cm by 11 cm cardboard booklet bearing the award's name, the recipient's particulars and an official stamp and signature on the inside.
It was worn on the left side of the chest and in precedence of other medals or Orders of the USSR, placed immediately after the Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Soviet Militia". If worn in the presence of medals and Orders of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.
The medal was secured to a standard Russian pentagonal mount by a ring through the medal suspension loop. The mount was covered by a 24mm wide silk moiré ribbon of green, white and red. The ribbon's coloured stripes were separated as such: white 1mm, green 11mm, white 3mm, red 1mm, white 1mm, red 1mm, white 3mm, red 2mm, white 1mm.
Front Description : The obverse bore the helmeted left profile of Yuri Dolgorukiy. In the lower half, along the medal circumference, the inscription "The founder of Moscow Yuri Dolgorukiy" (Russian: «Основатель Москвы Юрий Долгорукий»).
Back Description : The reverse bore an image of the Kremlin in the center, at the bottom, the hammer and sickle with flags and arms over two laurel branches, to the left the year "1147", to the right, the year "1947". At the top along the medal circumference, the inscription "In commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Moscow" (Russian: «В память 800-летия Москвы»).
Diameter 37.00 mm
Material Brass
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