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Lot 2897
Original Russian Silver Badge, OGPU, 1923.
One part of badge is missing. The weight is 8.90 g, size is 44.25 x 35.14 mm (1.74 x 1.38 inches). Extremely rare badge.
Also please note - the badge is not from RSFSR - it is from regional OGPU. It is mean it was made 20 - 30 samples, no more. We are sure this is Unique badge - known only in one sample. Please note: last image is for sample only.
Estimate price: $1500 - $2000.
Last reference catalogue Avers 8, 2008 does not have that badge. But other badges what looks like similar has a price $10.000+.
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WIKIPEDIA: OGPU was the secret police of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1934. It was after the Cheka and before the NKVD. Its official name was the Joint State Political Directorate. The OGPU was theoretically supposed to operate with more restraint than the original Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka. The OGPU's powers were greatly increased in 1926, when the Soviet criminal code was amended to include a section on "anti-state terrorism". The law were vaguely written and very broadly interpreted. Even before then, it set up tribunals to try the most exceptional cases of terrorism, usually without calling any witnesses. In time, the OGPU's powers grew even greater than those of the Cheka.



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Unknown Russian SILVER Badge OGPU KGB, 1923

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000
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