03-06-2014 11:10 PM
The medal itself looks to be original from the pictures provided, but the suspension is not. The ones that I have seen are only the ribbon, with no metal plate behind it.
This medal has the incorrect ribbon for it, this ribbon is for the Order of the Red Banner.
Here is a link for some more information:
Chinese-Soviet Friendship Medal - The Soviet Military Awards Page Forum
Thank you very much for this! I would not have known that this was the wrong ribbon. Was this something that was commonly done by veterans, or would it be something that was done by a collector later on?
Re-ribboning was common practice in the Soviet Union. Many of these medals were awarded to foreigners (included Soviet military personnel) and I'm sure they didn't have access to replacement ribbons. The topic referred to above also has a few examples of incorrect ribbons. I have seen a number of other foreign orders and medals being refitted on Soviet suspensions so they were more in line with the rest of the recipient's awards.
Thank you! Although it isn't original to the medal, I think the replaced ribbon is actually more interesting.
My girlfriend is Chinese, which is really the only reason I bought this medal, but now that I've had it for a while, I quite like it.