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A lovely, rare puzzle with beautiful embossed foil squares.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: Magic Octahedron
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: Unknown
  • Original Price: $13.33 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

The original name of the puzzle is "???????", transliterated Oktaedr, which means octahedron. Actually this puzzle has the shape of a truncated octahedron.
Speaking about the mechanism it is the soviet equivalent of the Magic Jewel.
Translated, the embossed squares say, "Penzensky souvenir", which means "Souvenir from Penza". This is also printed onto the top of the package. Penza is a city in the central part of Russia. Geert Hellings acquired this puzzle from Greg Stevens, an American collector.
The third image shows the puzzle beside the original Christoph's Magic Jewel.
The original price is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 roubles per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical. It is based on the price (in roubles) printed on the bottom of the package.



Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Carter, Geert Hellings.


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