This is an original USSR military 1st level "Ready for Labor and Defense badge. It is not a recent issue or a replica. It is made of gilded brass and covered in thick enamel. СССР (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик) is a Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
The “Ready for Labor and Defense” badge is the first step of the 1946 model made in the form of a gear wheel which passes down into two laurel branches. In the center there is a relief five-pointed star of red enamel and a runner, tearing the finishing ribbon with an inscription written in Russian but translates to “Ready for work and defense”. The recipient had to pass rigorous physical fitness tests that consisted of a set of 8 standards for physical training of the population in the USSR to become eligible for this award. This is a relatively early model. In 1961 it was replaced by a large version that didn’t look as impressive.
This particular design was issued and awarded between 1950s to 1961. In 1961 this design stayed the same, but the size was increased. It measures 5/8ths by 7/8ths inch. If it were perfectly round, it'd be about the size of a nickel or quarter coin.
It has a screw post with the makers marks. The screw fits perfectly on the post.
Buyer to pay USPS Insured First Class Mail parcel delivery charges of $4.99. Shipping is from Nevada.
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