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Old 10-04-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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Order Of The Saur Revolution.

I purchased this recently, it looks nice and I was told it was an award given to Soviets in Afghanistan by the Afghanistan communist regime. Does anyone know anything about this thing? On the back there seem to be a line for a serial number.

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Old 10-04-2003, 03:21 PM   #2
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Order of the Saur Revolution

A nice Afghan -- not Soviet -- award, the Order of the Saur Revolution – This order came in two varieties, the first (1980-??), was awarded under the Khalq Regime. This variety has sometimes been mis-described as the “Order of Education”. A second variety was awarfded from 19?? to the end of the republic in 1992. Similar to the Soviet Order of the October Revolution. Established: 24 December 1980. The award presumably became obsolete with the collapse of the People’s Republic in 1992. Obverse: First Variety: A gilt rectangle, rayed, In the center, within a gilt wreath tied with red-enameled ribbons, the gilt Pashto legend “Khalq” or “Masses”. Above, a gilt five-pointed star and, below, the gilt legend on a red-enameled scroll. Suspended by a ring from a “Warsaw-Pact” style pentagonal suspension. Second Variety: A five pointed star with rays between each arm. In the circular ???-enameled center, two crossed flags – Afghan left and ??? right – with the Afghan coat of arms above and the Dari legend below. Reverse: Plain for both?. Ribbon: First Variety: Red with three gold-yellow stripes toward the center. Second Variety: Dark with seven lighter stripes (?). Suspended by a ring from a “Warsaw-Pact” style pentagonal suspension.

This is the first variety, number 527.

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Old 10-04-2003, 03:23 PM   #3
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nice and rare piece! if you could feel free to tell me the price you got it...I'm looking for such an exotic piece. In Finland, excellent!
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Old 10-04-2003, 03:50 PM   #4
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Thanks Ed for the information!

Charlet, I paid about 50 euros for it, at a small antique shop in Stockholm, Sweden during my last trip there.

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Old 10-04-2003, 04:18 PM   #5
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well a nice coup! well done Patrick.
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Old 10-04-2003, 04:57 PM   #6
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What would you guys say the market value is, talking USA and west-Europe?

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Old 10-04-2003, 06:39 PM   #7
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No real established market value for the West, as there is not much interest in Afghan Awards. Some US Soviet medal dealers sell them for obscene outrageous prices ($150+ US). Many (surprisingly many?) have appeared on eScam, mis-described as everything you can imagine, with prices ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. In Kabul, on Chicken Street, these would have been around Af. 60,000 (old currency), or around $20.00 (US), when I was there just over a year ago. The ISAF (International Shopping Assistance Force) boys should be toting many out as they rotate out of Kabul.

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Old 04-30-2005, 03:18 PM   #8
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April Revolution ? (Order of the Saur (April) Revolution, Type 2)

Greetings to ALL,

Another medal from the former DRA. I don't know very much about this medal. Would appreciate any info.

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Old 05-05-2005, 12:13 PM   #9
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It's the second pattern of the April Revolution order. Apparently it's similar to the soviet October revolution order.
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Order of the Saur (April) Revolution, Type 2

Order of the Saur (April) Revolution, Type 2, circa mid 1980s.

This is one of the highest awards of Communist Afghanistan, reportedly bestowed upon political operatives. Among its recipients was General of the Army Varennikov, the chief Soviet military adviser and top planner of the Soviet military strategy in Afghanistan.

Silver gilt, enamels. Light blue center medallion showing the state emblem of 1982-1987 type (with the book) and two flags - state flag of DRA and the flag of the Afghan Army. 48mm wide.

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