A Big Very Nice and Rare, Old, Authentic Russian Propaganda Cast PLAQUE with Soviet Union Coat of Arms (SEAL) with 16 Strips - Republics from Russian Soviet Steam Locomotive. Inscriptions: "CCCP (USSR)". It was taken from Loco after Soviet Union disintegration.
H of the Plaque is: 15 1/2" (39.5 cm). Weight: 5 pounds (2.3 kg).
Made in USSR circa 1950 of heavy metal alloy. Good condition, need some cleaning – see photo for all details.
The serious collector knows that the Soviet Union was consisting of 16 republics (including Karelian-Finland Soviet Socialist Republic) during a short period of time from 1946 to 1956 (before 1946 there were 11 republics, after 1956 - 15 Republics). This Plaque with the Soviet Crest has 16 Bands is extremely rare item, made in USSR before 1956.