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Old 10-16-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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"Combat Service" Medal.

The "Combat Service" Medal («Մարտական Ծառայություն» Մեդալ) was founded on 26th November 1992 and is awarded to service personnel of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defence Army, Police, National Security Service or other individuals who have contributed to the successful performance of combat missions, raising combat readiness of the forces, as well as for courage shown defending the state borders of the NKR. The Medal reads "Արիություն" (Courage) and is the second highest Medal of the NKR.
The population of the NKR is under 150,000 with a standing army of 20,000 swollen by universal two year conscription for 18 year olds.

Here is a Type 2 (Enamelled Suspension), made at the Saint Petersburg Mint and numbered 7578. Going by the extremely high serial number of this Medal I would suggest a 2014-15 award (Possibly for the 27th July – 8th August 2014 Armenia-Azerbaijan "Clash").
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Here is a similar Saint Petersburg produced example #6936.
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Here is the prototype specimen from the Armenian Mint.

All other Armenian produced examples are serial numbered.

The ribbon has the white section glued on rather than woven.
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Here is #734 - A Type 1.

Through my contact in the NKR Government I was able to research all there of these serial numbered awards by number.

Although I do have full research on all of these I have been told by the NKR Government not to release full information publicly so for now there is just a little insight.

#734 was awarded to a 1957 born NKR Soldier.
#6936 was awarded to a 1961 born NKR Soldier.
#7578 was not awarded for a recent action but was actually awarded to a 1945 born Armenian member of a "Suicide squad". He and his son served in the same squadron during the pivotal battle of the NKR War. An exceptionally rare award to a non-NKR resident. Researched NKR awards don't get more desirable than that!
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:18 PM   #5
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

"Combat Service" Medal #8895, the current Variation.
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Here is a Type 1 Variation 3. #2909.
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Type 1 Variation 2 (Engraved but no N.) #1975
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Here is an earlier Type 1 Variation 1 #679.
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

Here are a trio of blank documents I saved from the bin....

Why were they going to be destroyed?
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Re: "Combat Service" Medal.

They were all made in Order Booklets accidentally. The mistake was caught, they were not to be used, I gave them a good home!
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