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Soviet Medals

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Hero of Socialist Labor
Pilot-Cosmonaut of USSR
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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
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Defense of Kiev
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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
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Medal for Drowning Person Rescue
Established 16 February 1957. Awarded to life guards, members of rescue services, Soviet citizens, and foreigners for courage, bravery, and selflessness displayed while rescuing persons from the water; for outstanding vigilance and resourcefulness which prevents drowning accidents; and for excellent organization of sea-rescue operations. Approximately 27,000 were issued.
Type 1                                         R2
All pieces with separately soldered on rings are fakes.
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Medal for Distinguished Service in the Preservation of Public Order
Established 1 November 1950. Awarded to all ranks of the militia (civil police) for courage shown during the liquidation of criminal groups and arrest of criminals; for the excellent organization and coordination of Internal troops in combating criminal activity; and for active, selfless participation in thwarting hooliganism, alcohol abuse, and theft. Although awarded with text facing out, many recipients altered the medal to display the more attractive reverse, the Great Seal of the Soviet Union. Until September 1960, the medal was constructed of silver. After this, it was constructed of German silver ( Copper, Zinc, and Nickel Alloy ) then a copper-nickel alloy. Approximately 27,000 were issued.
Variation 1                                    R5 
Silver. 16 ribbons on the Seal of the USSR.
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Variation 2                                    R4 
Silver-plated alloy. 15 ribbons on the Seal of the USSR.
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Variation 3                                    R3 
Copper-nickel alloy.
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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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