ONE OF THE RAREST BULGARIAN GOLD AWARD !
Bulgarian Order heavy George Dimitrov, 1st emmission with case. Serial number on reverse: 150 !
Gold content: 63 gr / 22 ct gold /
100% authentic !!
The first emission of the George Dimitrov order, also called "heavy", is made of solid, 22-carat gold and weighs about 59-68 grams. The order is rather thick and has a reverse stamped with a serial number. Only 250-300 orders were issued of this emission !
In the first years after the democratic changes (1989 - 2000) many of those pieces were sold to jewelers, some of them were even recast, due to the high gold content of the award . Our experience and observations have shown that no more than 40 - 50 pieces have survived, remained intact and can be found on the collectors' market!! The award you see is extremely rare and all collectors of Bulgarian orders and medals dream of it!! However, we don't have this order available at the moment, but if you wish to obtain it , do write us an e-mail and we will try to look it up for you.
GENERAL INFO: George Dimitrov order is one of the main Bulgarian orders of higher rank. In the spirit of Bulgarian communist awarding tradition the order was designed to show the face of the Bulgarian communist party leader, George Dimitrov, who was a hero of the international communist movement from the process in Leipzig, 1933.
Instituted: by a decree of the Presidium of the Great Assembly, on 17th June 1950.
Awarded to: Bulgarian and foreign citizens for their great achievements. The order is also awarded to people who were already honored with the title: Hero of PRB and Hero of Socialist Labor. The order was accompanied by a golden star corresponding to the title.
Form: Oval shape: 45 x 42 mm in size. The order is made of gold: an enamelled medallion in red with the embossed face of George Dimitrov. Below reads his name: "George Dimitrov". Also, there can be noticed a hammer and a sickle, the symbols of communism. The medallion is surrounded by two wreaths of wheat stems, with a red star above.
Emissions: There are three emissions and a replica of the order.
1. The first one is heaviest - 64gr gold/ 22ct . Approximately 300 piecesof this emission are thick, and have mechanically stamped numbers on reverse.
2. The interim emission is almost twice as lighter compared to the first one. It is of 30gr weight/14-22 ct, and has manually stamped numbers on reverse.
3. The second emission of the order is 31gr gold/ 14ct. The order is hollow, has two holes on the reverse and lacks a number. - The replica is made in the same matrix, but the material used is not gold. There is stamped "R" letter on the reverse.
Author: Kiril Lazarov
Awarded: The one who was awarded first is the prime minister of PRB - Velko Chervenkov (1950).