Very scarce version of the badge showing 16 republics in the
Soviet state emblem (the USSR State emblem was changed in 1955
to 15 republics but the old version was still used on the M 56
Police hat badge until 1958).
Aluminum, paint. 41mm tall x 34 mm wide. Features slightly
heavier construction and darker center than the later versions
of the badge. Excellent condition (the unfilled red paint in
the star is a manufacturing imperfection common to this type
of badges, not a result of damage.)
/Kutsenko, "Hat Badges", p. 40, fig. 21 [note that fig.
22 shows the 1958-1991 version of the hat badge]/.