Nicholas Alexandrovich Sokolov was a successor of Anton Vasyutinsky (1858-1935) at the USSR Mint in Leningrad (Petrograd's name after Lenin's death in 1924). His production of medals chiefly involved portraits. Among his pre-war subjects were the following: Anton Vasyutinsky (1935); Maxim Gorky (1936); Alexander Pushkin (1937); Taras Shevchenko (1939); Dmitri Mendeleïev (1939); and Mikhail Chatelain (1941). Among his post-war subjects were the following: Admirals Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov and Pavel Nakhimov (1948); Pushkin's 150th Anniversary (1949); Leo Tolstoy Series (1955-1961); Adam Mickiewicz's Centenary (1955); and Vladimir Lenin's Centenary (1970). In 1950, Sokolov became the Mint's chief artist-engraver, a post he filled for over twenty years. To reward Nicholas Sokolov for his achievements the President of the USSR decorated him with highest Soviet award - the Order of Lenin.