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Soviet Medals

Titles of Distinction
Hero of the Soviet Union
Hero of Socialist Labor
Pilot-Cosmonaut of USSR
Dist. Military Pilot USSR
Dist. Military Navigator USSR
Dist. Test Pilot USSR
Dist. Test Navigator USSR
Distinguished Pilot USSR
Dist. Navigator USSR
Order of Victory
Order of Lenin
Order of October Revolution
Order of the Red Banner
Order of Suvorov
Order of Ushakov
Order of Kutuzov
Order of Nakhimov
Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky
Order of Alexander Nevsky
Order of the Patriotic War
Order of Red Banner of Labor
Order of Friendship
Order of the Red Star
Order Service to Motherland
Order of the Badge of Honor
Order of Honor
Order of Personal Courage
Order of Glory
Order of Labor Glory
Order of Mother Heroine
Order of Maternal Glory
Medal of Ushakov
Medal of Nakhimov
20th Anniversary Red Army
Partisan of Patriotic War
Rescuing a Drowning Person
Maintaining Public Order
Military Cooperation
Safeguarding Frontiers
Bravery in Fire Fighting
For Bravery
Combat Service
Valiant Labor
Distinguished Labor
Restoration Donbass Mines
Res. Black Metal Enterprises
Development Virgin Lands
Dev. Non-Black Earth Region
Dev. Petro. of W. Siberia
Constr. Baikul-Amur Railroad
50 Years Soviet Militia
Defense of Odessa
Defense of Sevastopol
Defense of Soviet Arctic
Defense of Caucasus
Defense of Kiev
Defense of Leningrad
Defense of Moscow
Defense of Stalingrad
Capture of Vienna
Capture of Budapest
Capture of Koenigsberg
Capture of Berlin
Liberation of Belgrade
Liberation of Prague
Liberation of Warsaw
Victory over Germany
Victory over Japan
Valiant Labor Patriotic War
Distinguished Mil. Service
Armed Forces Veteran USSR
100th Ann. Lenin's Birth
Veteran of Labor
Victory Commem. Medals
Armed Forces Ann. Medals
City Jubilee Medals
Motherhood Medals
Irreproachable Svc. Medals
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Medal for the 100th Anniversary of Lenin's Birth
Established 5 November 1969. Awarded only once, during the days of celebrating of the 100th Anniversary of Lenin's birth in April 1970 in Moscow. There are three variations, one for advanced workers and economic specialists, which has the wording "For Heroic Labor. In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of V.I. Lenin 's Birthday". Another for individuals who took an active part in the struggle for the establishment of Soviet power or in defense of the Motherland, which has the wording "For Military Valor. In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of V.I. Lenin's Birthday" and for representatives of foreign delegations of the International Communist Workers movement, which is worded only "In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of V.I. Lenin's Birthday". All are made of brass. Approximately 11,000,000 were issued, of these 9 million to workers, 2 million to military servicemen and 5000 to members of foreign delegation.
Variation 1                                      R1    
Variation 2                                      R1    
Military version.
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Variation 3                                      R4    
Foreign version.
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Medal for Veteran of Labor
Established 18 January 1974. Awarded to all workers of retirement age for their many years of labor in the Soviet economy, culture, science, medicine, and education. This medal could also be given to military personnel who had reached retirement age. It is made of a Zinc and Copper alloy. Approximately 36,000,000 were issued.
Type 1                                         R4
Solid Silver. RARE.
Type 2                                         A
Tombac with blued front. Moscow mint has no mint mark, Leningrad mint has "LMD" mark.
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Type 3                                        A

Tombac without blueing. Moscow mint has no mint mark, Leningrad mint has "LMD" mark.
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A-Abundant, readily available, often in wholesale quantities.
C-Common, always available. Occasionally in quantity.
R1-Usually available without a long delay. Difficult to find in quantity.
R2-Scarce to rare, less seldom available.
R3-Rare. Difficult to find.
R4-Very rare. Demand outstrips supply, and specimens, when
available are often eagerly sought.
R5-Extremely rare and seldom available. Collector may have to
search for a few years to locate one.
R6-Of the highest rarity. Very difficult to obtain.
R7-Almost never available. Most collectors will not have a chance to acquire these pieces.
R8-Never been on the market. Almost impossible to obtain.
R*-Not available for collections.
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