This is a replica of the most recent emission of Georgi Dimitrov order, issued at the end of 1980s. The replica is characterized by a small, effective-looking suspension and is in perfect condition. It goes with a standard plastic box. The award repeats the image and make of the order but it is not made of gold. Each person awarded with the genuine order had the right to receive the order's replica. That Replica was to be worn on manifestations, parades and other occasions, instead of the gold order. This was done in order to prevent the owner from losing the original or being stolen from him. The replica's mark is the letter "R" stamped on the reverse. The replica was issued after '70s (at that time there also appeared the first miniatures of the order). Only few of the awarded had had replicas made. That is why replicas are very rare nowadays and hard to find.
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.
- The first one is heaviest - 64gr gold/ 22ct . Approximately 300 piecesof this emission are thick, and have mechanically stamped numbers on reverse.
- 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.
- 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: 4000 people. The one who was awarded first is the prime minister of PRB - Velko Chervenkov (1950).