Really scarce piece - Bulgarian gold order of George Dimitrov, of 2nd intermediate emission with number on reverse ! The number is 576.
Order is very interesting and given in period 1955-1965y.! Only 600 pieces issued of this emission !
The order copmpletes with a case! The order weight is about 30gr. and made of GOLD !!!
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 250 piecesof this emission are thick, and have mechanically stamped numbers on reverse.
2.The interimediate emission is almost twice as lighter compared to the first one. It is of 26-30gr weight/14-22 ct, and has manually stamped numbers on reverse. Only about 600 pieces were issued.By the end of '50s financial reasons and probably the fact that the communist "personality cult" crashed in the USSR Bulgarian MINT prompted the decision to change the technology of making "George Dimitrov" order. This is how the interim emission emerged
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: 4500 people. The one who was awarded first is the prime minister of PRB - Velko Chervenkov (1950).