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This page has been in preparation since March 2002 and was posted on Victory Day 9 May 2002. 

 

 

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My visit to the Monetnij Dvor - "Goznak" in Moscow (21 June 2002)

I finally visited the Moscow "Goznak" mint in the hope of learning more about Soviet awards only to discover that it is not that easy! Apparently visitors, especially foreigners need special permission to vist the museum (it is still not clear to me whether from the Minister of Finances or the General Director), however, one day I shall dutifully write a request hoping that permission will be granted.

The distinguished Goznak was founded in 1724 and today is being restructured to meet new market chalenges. Otherwise one interesting tid-bit ... apparently most soviet awards were traditionally produced in the Leningrad Mint. During WWII when Leningrad was under siege it was decided to evacuate the most valuable machinery and technical drawings. All was loaded on a barge the got bombed and was irretrievably sunk... .  This is a plaque commemorating the 60th Anniversary:

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