A nice original WWII Soviet Medal "For The Defence Of the Soviet Transarctic" type 1 (with soldered eyelet, rather than the later stamped variation). Original ribbon shows some fading on the front, appears to be from where there may have been a tag at one point. Mount is a nice early high-pin, double layer type. This variant was awarded during the war or immediately after the war's end.
The Medal "For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic" was awarded to all participants in the defence of the Soviet Arctic region - soldiers of the Red Army, Navy and troops of the NKVD, as well as persons from the civilian population who took part in the defence of the North.
Award of the medal was made on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the basis of documents attesting to actual participation in the defence of the Soviet Transarctic issued by the unit commander, the chief of the military medical establishment or by the Murmansk Regional or Urban Councils of People's Deputies. Only 353,240 medals were awarded.
Serving military personnel received the medal from their unit commander, retirees from military service received the medal from a regional, municipal or district military commissioner in the recipient's community, members of the civilian population, participants in the defence of the Soviet Transarctic received their medal from the Murmansk Oblast or city Councils of People's Deputies.
For the defenders who died in battle or prior to the establishment of the medal, it was awarded posthumously to the family.